Former Rangers defender joins Porto as agent Alfredo Morelos speaks with club president

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Fabio Cardoso in action for Rangers in the 2018 Florida Cup

Fabio Cardoso in action for Rangers in the 2018 Florida Cup

The 27-year-old joined Santa Clara in 2018 after a 12-month stint at Ibrox and played 97 times for the Azores team, scoring 11 goals.

Cardoso helped Santa Clara to finish sixth last season and advance to the Europa Conference League qualifying rounds, and was linked with a move to Sérgio Conceição’s side last month.

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Speaking to Porto’s website after signing until 2026, the defender said: “I have no words to describe this moment. It’s one of the happiest days of my life, without the shadow of a doubt.

Cardoso with Alfredo Morelos in Rangers training session

“I still can’t believe it. It is a dream come true to reach such a level, in one of the biggest clubs in the world. I am very happy and ready to start working.

“I have worked for many years to get this opportunity and I am ready to take it. This is the biggest milestone of my career and I can’t wait to get down to work and show what I’m worth.”

Cardoso also revealed that Ibrox’s former colleague Bruno Alves, who spent more than ten years in Porto, convinced him to take the step.

“He was one of the first people I spoke to as soon as the opportunity to come to Porto arose,” he said. “I learned a lot from him, on and off the pitch.

“He told me he liked FC Porto very much and wished me all the best.”

The former central defender of Gers will also wear the same team number during his time at the Estádio do Dragão.

“I asked [Bruno] if he bothered me to have number two and he said no, he was very happy that I was wearing it, ”added Cardoso.

Cardoso arrived at Rangers during Pedro Caixinha’s tenure for a three-year contract in the summer of 2017, but left in July of the following year.

The Águeda-born player could be joined by another former Ibrox teammate in Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian striker’s representative is due to meet Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa this week as the Dragões look to strengthen their attacking options.

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