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FC Porto have officially announced the signing of Mexican midfielder Héctor Herrera to a four-year contract. The Portuguese champions will pay a total of €8million for 80% of the player’s economic rights. His release clause will be set at €40million.

The 22-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder, who has been widely regarded as a direct replacement for João Moutinho. Herrera has played the last two seasons with Pachuca in the Mexican Primera División.

He was part of the Mexico squad that won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympic Summer games, scoring one goal and helping to defeat Brazil in the final. Herrera also won the 2012 U20 Toulon Tournament, where he was named the best player. He has received eights caps with the senior side so far.

In an interview with Porto Canal on Friday, Herrera spoke about his excitement at starting a new stage in his career.

“It is a dream come true to arrive at one of Europe’s great clubs. I always wanted to play at this level and Porto has given me that opportunity. I want to start my training as soon as possible and demonstrate to everyone exactly why the club has so much faith in me,” he said.

Herrera also talked about what Portistas could expect to see from him.

“I am a skilled player and a battler, who is always moving and looking for the ball. I like to play in a more forward role and I could create goals.”

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