Serie A - Rafael joins Napoli from Santos

Rafael's move from Santos to Napoli has been completed, with the Partenopei paying the Brazilian side €5m.

South American Football - Cruz Azul to go to FIFA over striker's River Plate move

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Teofilo Gutierrez (L) of Cruz Azul vies for the ball with Rafael Figueroa (L) of Santos (Reuters)

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stadio San Paolo in recent weeks, but last night the Peixe released a statement confirming the goalkeeper's departure.

The player himself meanwhile, thanked the team he joined as a youngster but admitted it was the right time to leave for Europe.

“I always thought I would finish my career here at Santos,” he said. “But with the passage of time I realized that I wanted to play in Europe and in the Champions League.

“But that does not mean that one day I will come back and finish my career at Santos.”

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