The Lisbon born Carlos Saleiro has now been released of his contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal and joins up with the Portuguese contingent that already exists at the Swiss club Servette.
Saleiro did have a contract that lasted until 2012 but it was apparent that the striker was no longer part of plans and (like Pedro Mendes and Maniche) was allowed to leave for free.
Servette now have an increasing Portuguese influence with João Alves, the former Benfica player, as their manager. Interestingly, former Sporting CP short-term Director of Football Costinha has resumed that role at Servette.
The move is probably best for Saleiro who’s playing time at Sporting was already limited even before the arrival of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio and Valeri Bojinov – meaning he would have become even more of a bit-part player.