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San Lorenzo signs Leo Franco

Leonardo Franco (r) holds San Lorenzo jersey with Bernardo Romeo.

Experienced goalkeeper Leonardo Franco was officially introduced yesterday as a new signing of San Lorenzo, where he arrived to “enjoy this historic moment” for reaching the Libertadores Cup final.

“I came to help a group that is already consolidated, with the idea of enjoying the Argentine soccer and the club in this historic moment,” said the 37-year-old goalie in a press conference.

Franco, San Lorenzo’s second signing after midfielder Pablo “el Pitu” Barrientos, left the country in 1997 after playing only two matches for Independiente. Since then, he played his entire career in Europe.

In the national team, Franco was the Under-20 World Cup goalkeeper in Malaysia 1997 and was part of the squad that competed in the World Cup 2006 in Germany, both with José Pekerman as coach.

In Spain, Atlético Madrid has taken Argentine fullback Cristian Ansaldi on a season-long loan from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, the La Liga champion said yesterday.

The 27-year-old, who will likely replace Filipe Luis at left back after the Brazilian left to join Chelsea this month, has passed a medical and signed his contract, Atlético said on their website.

Herald staff with agencies

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