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Shakhtar sign Braga defender Ismaily

Thursday 14 February 2013 15.39 CET
Ismaily made four group stage appearances for Braga this season

FC Shakhtar Donetsk have recruited defender Ismaily from SC Braga for a reported fee of €4m.

The 23-year-old, who scored once in 12 Liga appearances for Braga following his transfer from Portuguese rivals SC Olhanense last summer, has committed to a five-year contract with the Ukrainian club.

A pacy left-back with a powerful shot, he moved to Portugal from his homeland of Brazil in 2009 to play for GD Estoril-Praia and represented Braga in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage – making four appearances as the Arsenalistas finished bottom of Group H.

"Normally I am a defender, but I like to go forward too," said Ismaily. "I love to take part in my team's attacks. I have already adapted well to European football so believe I will be able to hit my stride at Shakhtar pretty quickly.

"I heard a lot about Shakhtar in Brazil," he added. "They are regarded as an up-and-coming club. I also knew they had a lot of Brazilian players, but when I arrived here I was astonished and amazed by what I saw. This is a fantastic club."

Shakhtar drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. Ismaily will not be eligible to play for the Pitmen in Europe this term.

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