After two seasons on loan to SC Braga, where he claimed 76 games and six goals, Palhinha returned to Sporting last summer but the initial intention, of the green and whites and the player himself, was the way out – the midfielder wanted to try other airs, preferably the always desired Premier League, the lions wanted a financial contribution between € 12 M and € 15 M. However, only surveys arrived from England. Proposals only from Russia (CSKA Moscow) and Saudi Arabia (Al Nassr), below what was intended by the administration and without much interest to the player, who after failing the pre-season internship in Lagos ended up being reinstated in the squad under orders scored by Rúben Amorim.
The Sporting coach welcomed the player willingly and soon put him to spin in one of the pre-season matches. Palhinha grabbed the place, assumed himself as a pillar of the midfield and with excellent sports performance he became essential and entered the national elite, with a place in the Selection in the last three games, qualifying for the World-2022
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