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Leandro Castan to join Roma

July 6, 2012

Corinthians defender Leandro Castan has confirmed that he is close to making a switch to Roma, following Copa Libertadores glory on Wednesday night.

Leandro Castan has impressed with his performances at Corinthians
APLeandro Castan has impressed with his performances at Corinthians

Leandro Castan, 25, was a central figure in Corinthians' maiden continental success, as part of a defence that conceded just four times across the entire tournament, attracting the attention of Serie A side Roma.

There has been several weeks of speculation linking the centre-back with a switch to the Stadio Olimpico and now, with the Libertadores complete, Castan has confirmed his impending exit.

"Everything is settled with Roma," Castan told Radio Bandeirantes. "It is a great offer. I leave Corinthians with the feeling that I did a good job.

"I spoke a lot with my family before making a decision. I am 25 years old and I am at a good moment in my career."

The Corinthians player will join former team-mate Dodo in Italy, with the young left-back also having joined Roma just last week.