Valencia confirm Diego Alves departure

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

At the time of writing, Flamengo had yet to announce the transfer.

Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves has joined Rio de Janeiro side Flamengo from Valencia, the Spanish club confirmed on Sunday.

The Brazil global, 32, had reportedly been a target for La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna, but he has agreed a return to his home country, with Globoesporte reporting a transfer fee of €300,000.

He further cemented his reputation as a penalty-saving specialist by denying Lionel Messi from the spot in the first spot kick he faced as a Valencia player and last season saved two penalties during a defeat to Atletico Madrid, one from Antoine Griezmann and the other from Gabi.

In 2016, he became the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves (17) in Spain's top flight, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta's previous record. Then, just this past April, he broke another record when he saved Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty for a total of six penalties saved in a season, conceding only three penalties over the course of the campaign.

According to reports in Spain, Flamengo have signed Alves on a four-year contract for less than 500,000 euros. Last night, the Rubro-Negra drew 1-1 with Cruzeiro in Round Fourteen of the Brasileirão, and with 24 points is now in fourth place.

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