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Juanfran Follows Dani Alves & Signs for Sao Paulo

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Juanfran Follows Dani Alves & Signs for Sao Paulo

Dani Alves could have some competition for the right-back spot with Sao Paulo.

Following the former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star's move to the Brazilian club, former Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has decided to follow him.

Juanfran enjoyed a hugely successful eight-year spell with Atletico, becoming a fan favourite in one of the best periods in the club's history as Diego Simeone built one of the most dominant back-lines in all of Europe.

Juanfran won La Liga in his time with Atletico and twice found Europa League glory, though the club's quest for a Champions League crown came up short with Atleti having twice lost out in the final during his time there.

"Juanfran will face the challenge of playing in South America, participating in the Brazilian championship and feeling the indescribable atmosphere of the Morumbi [stadium]," read a Sao Paulo statement.

The 34-year-old was offered a new deal with Atletico, having signed a one-year extension last year, but he opted to move on after falling out of favour at the Wanda Metropolitano, and says he wants the experience of playing in Brazil.

"I was born, raised and have played all my life in Spain. I wanted to live this dream of playing in Brazil," he said.