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  Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Benfica sign Gomes
Portuguese international Nuno Gomes
Gomes spent two season at Fiorentina
Portuguese international Nuno Gomes has signed a four-year-contract with Benfica after being released by Italian club Fiorentina.

The 26-year-old became a free agent after cash-strapped Fiorentina were relegated to the Italian Third Division and placed in the hands of administrators.

Gomes, returns to Benfica where he spent three seasons, scoring 58 goals, before moving to Italy in 2000.

The striker was presented to a 50,000 crowd at half-time in the Luz stadium during a friendly against Brazilian side Gremio.

Gomes said: "I am returning under sad circumstances for Fiorentina and the people of Florence.

"I decided to opt for Benfica because it is a club that I know, that always treated me well and because it was the club that showed the most interest in me.

Benfica are Portugal's most successful club, but they have not won a league championship since 1993 and will not be playing in Europe next season.

And Fiorentina defender Daniele Adani has signed a three-year deal with Inter Milan.

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