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Rising star Joao Palhinha signs with Stellar Portugal

Sporting Lisbon’s João Palhinha is the latest rising star to sign for Stellar Portugal.

The 22-year-old defensive midfielder said the decision was based on Stellar Group’s reputation and values.

João forced his way into Sporting’s first team last season, after a series of impressive performances saw him being recalled from a loan spell at league rivals Belenenses.

João said: “Stellar is a company that gives me total confidence. Its pedigree and values will help me to achieve my goals. I am happy to go in this new direction as I look to the future.”

Stellar Portugal’s Clemente Araújo added: “João is a player of exceptional quality, he is a footballer who has it all. There are great things in store for him.”