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Rocha set to sign for Pompey

Pompey hope to add to their defensive options today with the signing of Ricardo Rocha.

The centre-half, mostly recognised for his time at Tottenham, has been released by Belgian side Standard Liege, allowing him to sign for Portsmouth on a free transfer.

During his career, Rocha received a positive review from arguably one of the greatest footballers of our generation, Ronaldinho. While playing for Benfica in a 2006 Champions League Quarter-Final against Barcelona, Rocha was faced with the difficult task of marking the Brazilian. Nevertheless, by the end of the game Ronaldinho was forced to say, “My marker had an outstanding game and as a result I couldn’t do what I normally do.”

The former Portuguese international was signed by Tottenham for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal, on January 23 2007. He would only go on to make 14 appearances for Spurs as injuries restricted much of his playing-time.

With the departure of defender Younes Kaboul, CEO Peter Storrie revealed the club were searching for a low-cost replacement. Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy was the club’s initial target yet a loan deal couldn’t be agreed.

Rocha is certainly not of the same quality of Kaboul, yet his experience could prove to be vital for Portsmouth’s current relegation battle.

The defender, now 31-years-old will be hoping to rely on the old idiom, ‘Form is temporary; class is permanent’.

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