Neto did 'everything to come' to Cherries and fulfill Premier League dream

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AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa in first game of the new Premier League season at Vitality Stadium. Neto.Picture by Richard Crease.
AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa in first game of the new Premier League season at Vitality Stadium. Neto.Picture by Richard Crease.

NEW signing Neto did “everything” to fulfill his dream of playing in the Premier League, with the goalkeeper switching Barcelona for Cherries.

The Brazilian international became the Dorset club’s fourth recruit of the window on Sunday, arriving from Catalan giants Barcelona on a free transfer on an initial one-year deal.

Aside from his stint in La Liga with Barca, Neto has also represented fellow European royalty in the form of Juventus, and has played 10 times in the Champions League.

His arrival at the Vitality Stadium comes with the view of pushing youngster Mark Travers, providing head coach Scott Parker with both depth and competition in between the sticks.

Speaking after arriving on the south coast, Neto told afcbtv: “I’m really happy to be here, and really excited to start this new season with this new experience in this amazing, brilliant club.

“It was important days, where I understand the opportunity to be here arrived in my hands.

“I arrived with my family, we do everything to come, because I think it is a good opportunity, a good experience.

“The Premier League, it was always my dream.

“When I was a young guy, my dream was to always be here in the Premier League, play in the Premier league.”

Aside from experience in the Champions League with Valencia, Barca, and Juventus, Neto has featured in over 160 top-flight games in Serie A and La Liga.

He continued: “I (have been) lucky to be in Serie A, lucky to be in La Liga. An amazing experience.

“I think that God brings me here for a reason. I’m really lucky to have this opportunity.

“I think I can help, I can bring the experience, what I learn, what I know. And I can improve, too. I think it is really important I arrive with the ability to learn, to learn with my teammates.

“I think with the experience what I did in football, what I learn, I can put here and help.

“What is the most important is to stay together with teammates and do things.”

“I hope and want to do the best to help my teammates, to help Bournemouth, to do great things.”

The 33-year-old also revealed that he had spoken to Parker, hailing his new boss as “an amazing guy”.

"I already spoke with him,” mentioned Neto.

"He's an amazing guy. I think it will be an important point for this club in this season.

"When we have a coach and people like that, the players understand who is the leader and that we have to follow him.

“If we follow him, we have a great opportunity to do great things."