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Leganes sign Porto defender Awaziem on loan

Leganes have confirmed the signing of Chidozie Awaziem on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants Porto.

The switch to Spain is the 22-year-old’s third loan spell outside of Portugal after previous stints in France with Nantes and in the Turkish Super Lig with Rizespor.

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Since he started his professional career at Porto in 2015, Awaziem has struggled to secure a regular first-team spot.

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The versatile defender spent the second half of the 2018-19 season at Rizespor and helped the club avoid relegation from the Turkish top-flight after 16 league appearances.

This summer, Awaziem was part of the Nigeria squad that finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he played six games.

He will reunite with compatriot Kenneth Omeruo, Ghana’s Owusu Kwabena and Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri in Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad.

Leganes will begin their 2019-20 La Liga campaign against Osasuna on Saturday.

 

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