EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Opare signs for Portuguese powerhouse FC Porto

Daniel Opare has joined FC Porto on a long-term basis

Daniel Opare has joined FC Porto on a long-term basis

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana defender Daniel Opare has signed for Portuguese giants FC Porto as a free agent, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Details are sketchy but Ghana’s leading portal can confirm that the 23-year-old has signed a long term deal with the European side for an undisclosed fee.

The Ghanaian international joins the Dragons after spending four-years at Belgian side Standard Liege.

The impressive right-back has been in Portugal throughout the weekend and finally signed the dotted lines on Wednesday afternoon.

That explains why he has not arrived in Ghana to join the rest of international teammates as they step up preparations ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Porto were running the rule over the highly-rated right-back after he decided against signing contract extension at Standard Liege.

Opare began his professional career at Ashanti Gold and he also played for Sfax and Real Madrid Castilla before joining Standard in 2010.

He has since established himself as one of the best right-backs in Belgian Jupiler Pro League, making a total of 91 league appearances.

He has made Ghana’s provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup and he is widely expected to play an important role at the tournament finals.

 He could play in the UEFA Champions League next season after Porto placed third, meaning they will be involved in the qualifiers.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. PENDRIVE says:

    This is good news. Keep the spirit high and the sky will be your limit.

  2. Wilson says:

    definitely a good news for Ghana… he can improve upon his performance there… but I still don’t trust Opare……..my reasons are #he often gets yellow cards for unnecessary tackles # sometimes he doesn’t know what he is doing on the field…I really don’t think he can handle a player like Ronaldo

    • Askantwi says:

      Opare can handle Ronaldo with ease.

      • edem says:

        With ease? Ha
        Nobody can handle Ronaldo with ease. He averages a goal a game, we need only to contain him and not have him explode against us like he did vs Sweden. You can have someone track him all over the pitch and he will still get his shot attempts.
        We need to choke the middle of the pitch so Portugal’s 3 midfielders can’t service him good balls so he has to back track to get the ball. Force Nani to beat us.
        Good on Opare – hopefully more Ghana boys in Champions league next year.

  3. tonado says:

    This good news keep it up the sky shall be your limit, but my advice to you is show respect and be truthfully no matter the situation…..

  4. Soccerplus says:

    Wilson I couldn’t agree more. He’s not a safe defender. With players like Ronaldo he’s likely to give away free-kicks, penalties or much worse he could be given his marching orders. Unless he has improved his game tremendously

  5. Paapa1 says:

    This gays is a good defender, and very soon u will send Madrid coming back for him

  6. Benito says:

    Good news for opare and he is gonna get better.Ronaldo can sometimes dive to win the sympathy of referees,we need not allow him in our 18.

  7. popo says:

    Well lets hope tis is authentic information because I have combed trough a couple of credible soccer sites and newspapers and surprisingly I have not come across this piece of news…W

  8. popo says:

    Well lets hope tis is authentic information because I have combed trough a couple of credible soccer sites and newspapers and surprisingly I have not come across this piece of news…
    FC Porto is certainly a top notch side and we wish Opare all the best if it is true….