The Brazilian footballer has signed labour 2-year contract contract with the club today.
The newcomer of the team Leonardo da Silva Souza (height – 174 cm., weight – 70 kg.) was born in Andira city of Brazil (Parana state) on 18 March, 1992.
Leonardo started his football career in Paralimini side of the Cypriot First Division league on the 18-year contract.The following club played for by Leonardo was Metalurh Donetsk, Leonardo defended the colours of this club before it was taken charge of by Sergei Tashuev. The Brazilian footballer spent one season at the Azeri side Gabala, where he was coached by a famous Russian specialist Yuri Semin.
Having signed the contract Leonardo gave interview to the club`s Press Service.
- It so happened that I didn`t play professionally in my homeland, - the Anji new addition told. - My career developed abroad. I was a regular player of my first club in Cyprus and scored several goals. We performed for the top flight side, at the time when I was leaving the club, they were the fifth-placed. Then I played for Metalurh Donetsk and Gabala. I didn`t perform many matches for the Ukrainian league, however, managed to make goals and scoring assists there. I can`t say we stay in ideal relationship with Gabala manager Yuri Semin, whom I knew as an outstanding coach. Nonetheless, I managed to score seven goals within one season in the league of Azerbaijan.
- What did you know about Anji before your transfer? Did you consult another Brazilian of the club Ewerton?
- Yes, we talked. He told me only good things about Anji. Is there any bad information that can be said about this club?
- What`s your most preferable position on the field?
- Top specialist should be universal at some degree and be able to perform on any position. I prefer to play on attack, it`s not a matter of principle for me whether it`s flank or the center line.
- What`s your Anji jersey number?
- №42. This number has been mine at all the clubs I played at. It doesn`t have any special meaning for me, I bind no associations with it. It`s just that I simply liked it.
- How do you assess your readiness for the season?
- I`m not in ideal conditions. On the other hand, my weight is good, besides, I used to get into shape quite rapidly. I hope I`ll be helpful to the team in the nearest time.