2 more leave the Estadio do Dragao
Two more players have left Porto, as they continue their selling spree. The first one to leave is Andre Castro, a former Portuguese youth player. He has moved to Mainz for a fee of £850,000, signing a contract with the German club yesterday. The other player is Pedro Moreira, who has moved to Maritimo for £150,000. Both transfers will add to Porto's budget, as they plan to improve their squad ahead of the coming season. The sale were expected by the media, after they were left out of Porto's training camp squad list, which begins tomorrow.
Andre Castro was a Porto player from a young age, going in 2007. He has gone on loan three times, in the 08/09 season, the 09/10 season, and the 11/12 season to Oldhanense for the first two season, and Sporting Gijon for the third. He was also a regular for all the youth levels of the Portuguese national team, making an overall of 30 appearances, scoring 3 times. He has played for both club and country as a central or attacking midfielder, but can be deployed elsewhere, with varying degrees of success. He has expressed his delight with the move, stating that despite his love for his club, he was scared his career was becoming stagnant if he stayed any longer
Pedro Moreira was also a Porto boy through and throughout, joining the club as a 18 year old. His went on loan several times to the likes of Gil Vicente, but failed to cement a place in the first team, meaning he played his trade with the Porto B team, upon his return. This led him to move from Porto, and despite the fact that he has yet to talk to the media, sources close to the player state that he is delighted with the deal, and hopes that this will lead to him getting more first team football in the future.