BENFICA OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS ADU MOVE
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Freddy Adu has left Major League Soccer and is now an official member of Benfica.

The now-former Salt Lake midfielder from has signed a five-year contract for the club and will be presented to his new fans next week when the club unveils their new stadium for the upcoming season.

"Freddy will be presented with the rest of the new signings next week, at the new Stadio de Luz," Benfica Press Officer Ricardo Maia told YA. "This is where we will present all the new players and the team for the new season."

Adu, who this offseason made his move from DC United to Real Salt Lake, will now make the Portuguese capital his new home. The player has still not picked his new number for the club, but had just finished his medical visitation for the team, which he past in flying colors.

"Freddy is in perfect shape, and is ready to play," Maia explained. "He is very strong and agile and the medical showed that."

The Portuguese giants also claim that the Ghana-born player will be available for Benfica's Champions League qualifier to be played the 14th of August, against a team that will be announced late next week.

"Adu will definitely be part of the Champions League match," Maia stated. "The match is in several weeks so he will definitely have time to train with his new teammates."

"Then it's [head coach Fernando] Stantos job to decide who plays."

Adu will now travel back home to the United States before returning later this week to begin training session with the club full-time, while establishing himself in his new home.

"Freddy is going home to pick up his personal belongings, and say goodbye to his old teammates," Maia informed. "Then he will be back to start training."

"We hope Freddy adapts well to European soccer, and does well for the club."

"We all have high hopes for him, the Club and especially the coach."

Adu leaves MLS after less than four years, where he scored 12 times in 98 matches, 69 of which were starts. In this time, the prodigy played in three Under-20 World Cups, and was capped once by then-head coach Bruce Arena.
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