BRUNO ALVES has told RangersTV that he is looking forward to working with Pedro Caixinha and that this is one of the reasons he decided on a move to Ibrox.
The powerful centre back, a winner at the 2016 European Championships with Portugal, has enjoyed a remarkable playing career but, at 35, he is determined to lift more silverware in Scotland after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.
Having played for Porto, Farense, Vitoria Guimaraes, AEK Athens, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Fenerbahce and Cagliari, Alves adds great experience to the Gers squad having played at the very highest level against the world’s best strikers.
Rangers will provide a new and exciting challenge for the 6’ 2” defender who should have no problems settling in at Auchenhowie with Caixinha and first-team coaches Helder Baptista and Pedro Malta also from his native Portugal.
On the Light Blues boss, he told RangersTV: “I know him and I know about the work he did in Portugal and also some players that he coached before.
“I’m happy to be coached by him. I think he has the quality and he has the ideas to make this club successful again.”
Alves liked what he heard from Caixinha when they discussed his plans for the club.
He continued: “I think it was for the project, for the future, what he wants to bring here. He was so important for me to join the team and I think he’s capable and able to win.
“This kind of person can bring a lot to the club and can make the difference. I think Caixinha has the right mentality to bring back the victories and all that everybody wants.”
Former Ibrox star Pedro Mendes was back at the stadium this morning in his role as Alves’ agent, and he only had positive things to say to his friend about joining Rangers and moving to Glasgow.
Bruno revealed: “They have just good things to say about the club, the city and the fans, and this is also one of the reasons that made me come here.
“The way the people live the football and the way people like the club was one of the reasons I joined such an amazing club.”
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