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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:05

Jose Fonte on the up in England

Centre-back enjoys stellar season at Southampton

Jose FonteFormer Benfica youth player, Jose Fonte, is celebrating promotion to the second tier of English football after a storming end of season run by Southampton earned the Saints a second-place finish in the Npower League One.
 
The centre-back has been playing in England for four years. His decision to drop down a division when he transferred from Crystal Palace to Southampton in Janaury 2010 has proven to be the correct one.
 
“It was a risk of mine to drop a division, but it worked out well. I’m back with a great team that wants to keep going up. I had my best ever season, playing 48 full games and scoring seven goals. I’m closer now to the Premier League than ever. At Crystal Palace the fight was to avoid relegation.
 
“It was a difficult season. We had a lot of games in hand, but we got on a roll in January and had a superb end of season, breaking records in terms of victories and games without conceding goals,” said the 27-year-old. 
 
So impressive has Fonte’s form been (he was named in the League One team of the year) that the defender has been linked to a move to Newcastle, managed by Alan Pardew, who oversaw his move to Southampton. Fonte says that with three years left on his contract a move will be difficult to broker, although he does not rule it out.
 
by Tom Kundert

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Comments (9)
Jose fonte & pardew
9 Friday, 24 June 2011 14:33
What a stupid and evil rumour!!!Only stupid people would believe in that!!respect people
fonte
8 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 18:18
didnt pardew get sacked because he was having if off with Jose's wife???

Fonte has been brilliant this season, lets keep him in the red and white
@Saintly
7 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:57
Chill out buddy,,i just wish he could move to new castle next season,so he can compete in the highest level of english football,,i'm heading to Mars now..LOL
Hands off
6 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:06
Why would he go to Newcastle.. Stick with us and we will be back in the prem within 2 years
But who are you?...................
5 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:03
Ramsey - if you have not heard of JoseFonte before, it speaks volumes when you wish him well at Newcastle when he plays for Southampton! I do not know what league you support, but I am begining to wonder which planet you are on!
Let's hope he makes it big in EPL
4 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 23:17
Maybe then it'll convince Liga Sagres to look homeward for young talent. What's the point in letting ours go and replacing them with young South Americans? As I've said before being deeloped talent is one thing, but loading up undeveloped players from abroad is wasteful for the Portuguese league. With limited cash to spend it'd be a better investment in local talent they could develop and sell abroad for more money.
Who the hell is he
3 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:38
wish u all d best in EPL next season,,hope he realize his dream move to New castle next season..i never heard his name be4
jose fonte
2 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:14
Hands off pards, saint jose of fonte, is very happy where he is thank you.
Jose Fonte
1 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:36
Pardew better not try and steal him, not only was he in the team of the year, he was also named Southampton's player of the year.

Obrigado, Jose.

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