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Cristante: I want to be a top player

Bryan Cristante claims he is ready to take the next step forward in his career after being unveiled as a Benfica player.

I am very happy to be here. This move was my choice.

I thank the Portuguese club as well as Milan that has allowed me to grow as a player.

I am here to give my all.

I want to continue to improve and become a top player with the Benfica jersey.

My aim is to earn a starting place in the squad, win the league title and go far in Europe.

– Bryan Cristante

Julio Cesar joins Benfica

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Cesar has joined the Portuguese champions. Credit: PA

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica after being released by QPR.

The Portuguese giants confirmed on their website on Tuesday evening that the 34-year-old had signed a two-year deal.

Julio Cesar, who arrived at Loftus Road on a free transfer in August 2012, had been under contract for another two years with the Barclays Premier League newcomers.

A statement on www.qpr.co.uk earlier in the evening read: "QPR have agreed to release goalkeeper Julio Cesar, with the player set to sign for Portuguese side Benfica.

"The Brazilian, who was contracted until June 2016, has left Loftus Road by mutual consent with immediate effect."

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Benfica love selling players

Trabzonspor have announced a double player swoop after signing Kevin Constant from AC Milan and Oscar Cardozo from Benfica.

Guinean defender Constant, who joined Milan from Genoa in 2012, will be one of two new recruits for head coach Vahid Halilhodzic as he follows experienced forward Cardozo to Trabzon in the north east of Turkey.

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