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Costinha: "I don't promise goals or assists, but I'll give everything"

by Ace Damon
Costinha: "I don't promise goals or assists, but I'll give everything"

The 27-year-old played 11 games in 2019/20 with Chaves from the II Liga in the second season with the Transmontanos.

Costinha, a former Chaves footballer, has defined himself as a "very tough player" and has guaranteed that he will "give everything in every game" for Santa Clara, his new club.

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"I do not want to promise neither goals nor assists. I can only promise that I will give everything in every game. It is one of my characteristics, I am a very tough player who gives everything on the pitch. That is what I will promise," said Costinha. presentation press conference to reinforce Santa Clara at São Miguel Stadium in Ponta Delgada.

The 27-year-old played 11 games in 2019/20 with Chaves, from the II Liga, in the second season with the Transmontanos, having arrived in the 2018/19 season from Vitória de Setúbal, in which he played three seasons and a half.

Costinha was proud of his return to the I Liga of Portuguese football and for reaching a club that "represents a region".

"I know I have come to a club that represents a region, represents the Azorean people at the highest level and, of course, I am very happy to be here. It is immense pride and I hope to live up to expectations," he said.

The first signing of the Azores winter market considered that the adaptation to the new club will be "much easier", due to the presence of previous colleagues in Vitória de Setúbal, such as Santana, Zé Manuel or Fábio Cardoso.

With his eyes on the next game of the championship, against Desportivo das Aves, Costinha said that he believes he can "make a contribution" to Santa Clara to return to the triumphs, which for the championship have not happened in seven days.

"There is a lot of quality in the team, simply sometimes it's a lack of confidence because the results don't show up and sometimes one result changes everything. That's what we will try to do in the next game with Desportivo das Aves," he said.

The midfielder stressed that he will "do everything" to stay the three years of contract in the Azores, aiming to ensure the permanence in the I Liga and achieve an unprecedented feat in the history of the club.

"I hope to do the three years of contract here, I will do everything for that. Santa Clara has never had more than three years in the I Liga and that is the main objective this season. Then, is to follow up the work that has been done and very well done. That's what we're going to try to do: it's history, "he said.

Santa Clara said earlier this afternoon, in a statement, that he had agreed to hire the player, describing him as a midfielder who "can perform both in the center of the ground and down to the wings."

In addition to Desportivo de Chaves and Vitória de Setúbal, Costinha spent his time playing for FC Porto and Académica, having started his career at Sertanense, playing at Torch and joining Fredericia (from Denmark) and Lusitano de Vildemoinhos.

Santa Clara is the current 15th in the I Liga, with 14 points, being the only competition in which he is inserted, due to the elimination of the Portuguese Cup and the League Cup.

In the next game, scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2020, the Azoreans will travel to the stronghold of Desportivo das Aves, the red lantern of the championship, with six points.

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