Chelsea defender Melang Sarr has admitted his delight after completing a loan move to Porto.
With all the signings that we made over the course of the summer, it is easy to forget that the club managed to secure a deal for the highly-rated Sarr, who became a free agent and was chased by most of the top sides in the Premier League.
But he needs time before he is ready to make an impact, and the club decided that letting him make the move to Porto on a short-term loan for the next 12 months should help give him the game time that he needs to develop.
Sarr joins a Porto side which has risen back to the top of the pile in Portugal in recent seasons. Last season, they won a Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal double under Sergio Conceicao, and the Dragoes will be expected to keep the good times rolling in 2020-21.
“I am very excited,” Sarr told Porto’s website. “It was an opportunity I was looking for, so I am grateful and happy to be here. I feel prepared to start helping the team to achieve their goals.
“FC Porto is the best club in Portugal, it is a very big club with talented players and a history that, for me, is very important. I know this story, it’s a proud club and that’s what I hope to find, a team that fights and with a good mentality.
“I know that Porto is an ambitious club and I also came for that. I’m looking forward to the competition, big games, the Champions League and helping the club and the team to win another league title.
“The Porto fans are very good. I know that they have been helping the team as much as possible and that they want to get back to the stadiums as soon as possible. But for now, I know that they will continue to support us to help us get where we want to be.”