Diego Alves is changing his employer.
His new club will be Flamengo. "Valencia closed Sunday's deal with Flamengo on definitive move to the Brazilian club by Diego Alves," the Bats said in an official statement. According to the Spanish media, the 32-year-old goalie is expected to cost the club from €0.5 million to €1.5 million and he will sign a 3.5-year contract.
The departure of the Valencia goalkeeper has been speculated for a long time. In the last few days, the decisive factor was bringing Neto from Juventus. Alves was linked by, among others, Roma and a few clubs from Spain, but eventually chose to return to his homeland.
Nine-time Brazil international left her in 2007, moving from Atlético Mineiro to Almería. He went to Valencia in 2011 and has since recorded a total of 176 appearances in the Bats' jersey. In 51 of them he kept a clean sheet.
Alves was famous in Spain for defending penalties. In total, he saved 24 of them.