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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK
Baptista makes Arsenal admission
Julio Baptista
Real Madrid-bound Julio Baptista ruled out a switch to Arsenal because he did not want to move to England.

The 23-year-old Brazilian passed a medical on Monday and signed a five-year deal with Real.

"I have always identified myself most with Madrid. I did not want to go to England because I am used to life in Spain," said the striker.

"I like the way people live their life here and I will also have a Spanish passport by the end of next year."

Baptista also claimed that he had never considered signing for any other Spanish club.

"Never, for one moment, did I see myself wearing the Barcelona shirt," he added.

"I have moved to Madrid because I believe they are the side that can help me the most.

"It is not important to me where I play. I will always play where I am asked to."




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