Striker staying in Spain

Luis Fabiano signs new Sevilla deal

August 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Luis Fabiano has put an end to speculation linking him with a move away from Sevilla, after agreeing a two-year contact extension with the Andalusians.

Luis Fabiano
GettyImagesLuis Fabiano will stay in La Liga

The Brazil international, whose previous deal was due to run out in June 2011, joined from Porto in 2005 and has been a prolific goalscorer during his five years in Spain, as well as helping Sevilla win two UEFA Cups, two Copa del Reys and the European and Spanish Super Cups.

His goals were thought to have attracted the interest of a number of big clubs, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea all touted as possible destinations in recent years.

But Luis Fabiano revealed he was happy to commit himself to Sevilla, and admitted he owed them a huge debt of gratitude for helping put him on the football map.

"It's a very happy day," he said. "This is my home, I've been here six seasons and I will try to continue scoring goals and continue making history for Sevilla. It's a very special day for me.

"My first option was to renew with Sevilla. I rejected many offers and there were many interested teams. My desire was always to be here and what's true is that we have made a great effort to renew the contract.''

"Sevilla have given me everything. When I arrived here the fans didn't think much of Luis Fabiano, because at my two previous teams in Europe (Porto and Rennes) things didn't go well.

"But here I've returned to the national team, I've won many titles...I owe a lot to Sevilla, that's the truth.''

The news will come as a major boost to Sevilla after last week suffering a huge blow when they were knocked out of the Champions League play-offs by Braga.

Sevilla, who also lost the Spanish Super Cup to Barcelona last week despite leading 3-1 from the first leg, will now play in the Europa League this season, and on Friday were handed a tough group draw against Paris St Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Karpaty Lviv in Group J.

Antonio Alvarez's side bounced back from their Champions League disappointment with a 4-1 win over promoted Levante in their opening match of the Primera Division season on Saturday.

Looking ahead, Luis Fabiano said on his club's official website: "My first objective is to continue scoring goals and after be in the Champions League next season and win a title, which is very nice.''