Fonte wanted English move
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Fonte has explained his reasons for rejecting other clubs to join Crystal Palace.Jose Fonte has explained his reasons for rejecting other clubs to agree a move to Crystal Palace.
The Benfica defender is joining Peter Taylor's Palace on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
He was wanted by clubs on the continent, with former European Cup winners Steaua Bucharest believed to be keen on a transfer.
But Fonte, whose brother Rui is part of Arsenal's youth setup, outlined why he wanted to secure a switch to Selhurst Park.
"I had one proposal from Spain and another from a team in Romania playing in a European Cup competition," Fonte told the South London Press.
"But I was more attracted to English football and believe this experience will be good for me.
"I'm very happy to be here.
"Crystal Palace is a big football club with lots of history, so I hope to help the team and be successful here."