Panaji: Star Dempo midfielder Romeo Fernandes has signed a contract with Brazilian club Clube Altetico Paranaense on loan and will leave shortly for Brazil, Dempo announced yesterday.
Fernandes, who will be the first Goan to be trained in the Mega Football arena, said: "I am interested in going to the Brazilian club. Of course, going abroad would help my development."
Addressing a press conference, Dempo's chairman Srinivas Dempo said: "Today is a great moment for our club as one of our young player Romeo Fernandes is all set to join Brazilian club Cube Atletico Paranaense (CAP) on loan. The contract is signed and he will be leaving for Brazil in a couple of days.
"I remember the moment when Romeo was first spotted by our then coach Armando Colaco and later honed by Arthur Papas. After his success for FC Goa in the ISL, coach Zico saw lot of talent in him and was responsible, along with Beto, in getting the Dempo lad to ply his trade in South America.
"At the club, Romeo will get a chance to train with the first team and also be given a salary equivalent to what their Under-23 players receive. He would also be assured of some playing time, unlike most of the Indian players who have left the country to play their trade abroad only to see themselves struggle for game time," said Srinivas, the club chairman.