20 June 2022, 19h15
David Neres with President Rui Costa
Coming from Shakhtar Donetsk - where he didn't officially play due to the war - the Brazilian assumed, in his first words to BTV, to be "happy to sign" for the reds.
"It is good to arrive in a country where everyone speaks Portuguese and I am very happy to sign for the Club. Benfica is a big club in Europe and in the World", he claimed.
"Everyone knows how strong Benfica is and how great the Club is. I am happy to have the opportunity to play football again, something I love", he highlighted.
In his first experience in Europe, the winger represented Ajax, between 2016/17 and 2021/22, and overcame the adaptation period with flying colors, a situation he hopes to repeat in Portugal.
"I hope the adaptation will be easy. I lived five years in the Netherlands, where the language and climate are totally different. Here, in Portugal, I have everything going for me and I hope it will be easier", assumed Neres.
"Benfica is a big club in Europe and in the World"
In the 2018/19 season, the eagles' new signing faced Benfica playing for the team from Amsterdam. After all these years, does he remember the draw (1-1) at Estádio da Luz?
"Yes, I remember. It was a good moment during my time with Ajax and I hope to experience it again at Estádio da Luz for Benfica. I felt the warmth of the fans at the time, the atmosphere in the stadium was very good," he acknowledged.
Already as a Benfica footballer, the winger made himself known and left a promise to the Benfiquistas.
"I am a fast player who looks to score goals. I have technical ability, desire and commitment, and I can assure the fans that there will be no shortage of commitment, dedication, and the will to win", stressed David Neres.
Rute Costa bolsters the Benfica's goal
"We count on all Benfiquistas in our stadium!"
The Members and supporters of Sport Lisboa e Benfica can witness the first signs of a new era this Sunday, at 5 pm, at Estádio da Luz. The training session of the professional football team, led by Roger Schmidt, will be open to the public and the forwards Henrique Araújo and Musa leave the invitation for the fans to go to the Cathedral: "On Sunday, we count on all Benfiquistas in our stadium!"
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