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Football: Brazil's Cesar heads for Saudi club, but says he's no mercenary

Published on Jan 23, 2013 9:17 PM
 
In this file photo, Benfica's Argentinian midfielder Enzo Perez (right), jokes with Benfica's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Cesar during a training session at Benfica's training camp in Seixal, outskirts of Lisbon, on Nov 6, 2012. Cesar insisted he was "no mercenary" after signing for Saudi Arabian football club Al Ahly before adding that he knows the move will damage his sporting ambitions. -- PHOTO: AFP

LISBON (REUTERS) - Benfica's Brazil international Bruno Cesar insisted he was "no mercenary" after signing for Saudi Arabian football club Al Ahly before adding that he knows the move will damage his sporting ambitions.

"I am no mercenary," he told Portuguese radio station Renascenca on Wednesday. "It is a very good contract. It will provide me and my family with great financial stability," the attacking midfielder added, without giving details of his contract.

Cesar, 24, arrived at Benfica from Brazil's Corinthians in 2011 and although he was not always a first-team regular, he played over 20 matches and scored important goals for the Lisbon club, both at home and in the Champions League.

He won his first cap with Brazil in a friendly against Gabon in late 2011.

 
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