Market: Berke Özer arrives at Portimonense ready to repeat “example” of Samuel Portugal


The young Turkish goalkeeper Berke Özer, 11th and last signing for Portimonense for the new season in the I Liga, said today that Samuel Portugal, transferred to FC Porto, is a “good example” for other players.

“I am very happy to be here. The transfer of Samuel Portugal is a good example for everyone that we can take these big steps in our careers. I believed in the project and that’s why I’m here”, said the 22-year-old guardian at a press conference.

Berke Özer, a Turkish under-21 international, trained at Bucaspor and Altinordu, for which he made his senior debut, signed in 2018 for Fenerbahçe, who later loaned him, between 2019 and 2021, to Westerlo (Belgium). Last season, back at the club now coached by the Portuguese Jorge Jesus, he played 19 games in all competitions.

The signing of the player, who was free and signed a four-year contract, fills the vacancy left open on Thursday with the departure of the usual starter Samuel Portugal, who reinforced the national champions FC Porto.

The chairman of the board of directors of Portimonense SAD, Rodiney Sampaio, highlighted the hiring of the Turk as “a goalkeeper who comes with a name, with a statute, to supply the departure of a great goalkeeper”.

“There were other names, but Özer was chosen to defend Portimonense’s goal”, added the manager.

Berke Özer said he sought advice from his former goalkeeper coach Ricardo Matos, who last season was part of the coaching staff led by Vítor Pereira at Fenerbahçe.

“He told me a lot of good things about the club, the team, the mentality. I’ve seen that mindset, as well as the organization, and I’m very excited about this challenge. I appreciated the club’s ideas and the project, with the focus on young players. It was a great opportunity and I believe we will achieve our goals. I know what my responsibility is and I hope to help the team”, stressed the new reinforcement of Portimonense, which shares third place in the I Liga with FC Porto, both with nine points.


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