Sporting Lisbon announce Gelson Fernandes signing

Sporting Lisbon have announced the signing of Gelson Fernandes on a free transfer following his departure from Saint-Etienne.

The Switzerland international spent the second half of last season on loan at Udinese but has now opted to move to the Portuguese club on a four-year contract.

"I am delighted and I have to say thanks for the reception that I have received," Fernandes told his new club's official website.

"I was astonished by it. Sporting have a great history and are hungry for victories."

Fernandes, who was born in Cape Verde but has now been capped 37 times by Switzerland, joined Saint-Etienne from Manchester City in 2009.

However, the midfielder failed to settle in France and already had loan spells at Chievo and Leicester City before being farmed out to Udinese during the January transfer window.

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