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After weeks of speculation, Scottish club Celtic have finally announced the signing of Portuguese striker Amido Baldé to a four-year contract. The 22-year-old leaves Vitória Guimarães after only one year, scoring nine goals in 27 matches.

In an official press conference in Glasgow on Thursday night, Baldé expressed his excitement at having the opportunity to play for one of Europe’s greatest clubs.

“I have watched a lot of matches from Celtic and seen a lot of players. I want to feel the same way as my new team-mates felt against Barcelona. I want to experience that feeling playing in the Champions League for Celtic.”

“I felt proud when watching that game. It was a fantastic feeling as Barcelona are a big team and that meant Celtic are a very good team and a very good club and that is why I am here. I saw the Celtic supporters and I loved it.”

“They have won a lot of trophies, one of the best clubs in Europe and play in the Champions League – that is why I am here.”

A product of Sporting Lisbon’s famed academy, Baldé endured loan spells at Santa Clara, Badajoz, and finally Cercle Brugge in Belgium before he was released by the club in the summer of 2012. He would eventually sign with Vitória Guimarães, where he would help them win the Portuguese Cup in his only season.

Standing at 1.93m, Baldé is often regarded in the British game as ‘an old-fashioned centre-forward,’ with great physical strength, who could be strong in the air as well.

“My style is quite similar to Emmanuel Adebayor,” he added. “I like to set up goals as well but I am here to score goals.”

“I am a fighter, a believer,” said the striker. “I believe in myself. I have worked hard to be in this position today of wearing a Celtic shirt. I have worked for it and deserve it.”

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André Villas-Boas

Former Porto and Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas proved many of the doubters wrong after his Tottenham-side earned a well deserved 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

American international Clint Dempsey scored well into injury time at White Hart Lane to earn a draw for Tottenham, but Villas-Boas’ side were clearly the better team throughout the match.

Villas-Boas was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovitch hired the young Portuguese manager to lead his ageing club after a recording breaking year at Porto. Villas-Boas was not able to turn the club around and he was fired in March 2012.

But Chelsea was never a good place for any young manager to go. Fact is, given Villas-Boas lack of experience, a club like Tottenham was always going to be a better fit for him.

Villas-Boas took charge of a talented team that played poorly for Harry Redknapp in the second half of last season and fell out of a Champions League spot.

Upon arriving, Villas-Boas began putting his stamp on the London club. He let Croatian international midfielder Luka Modrić leave for Real Madrid with an incredibly elevated price of nearly 50 million Euros.

Modrić had been linked with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid for almost two years. Many fans began to suspect that the rumours were beginning to take a toll on the club’s on-field performance.

With Modrić gone, Villas-Boas set out to sign Clint Dempsey, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurðsson, and French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. These players have contributed greatly to Tottenham’s revival.

They also narrowly missed out on Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho, who Villas-Boas is very familiar with from his time in charge of Porto. They are widely rumoured to be pursuing him during this month’s transfer window.

Villas-Boas’ decision to use Dempsey as a winger and sometimes midfielder has greatly paid off in terms of production. He has also managed to get the best out of English striker Jermaine Defoe after a few bad years under Redknapp.

Currently standing in 4th position, Tottenham still have a lot of work to do to remain in a Champions League position for next campaign. Signing Moutinho and perhaps a left-back would go a long way.

But, Sunday’s draw with United in a snowy afternoon in London proved to many that Tottenham and Villas-Boas for that matter are a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.