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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 January 2007, 13:30 GMT
Spurs snap up Portugal star Rocha
Ricardo Rocha
Rocha has recently got back into the Portuguese national squad
Tottenham have completed the signing of Portuguese international defender Ricardo Rocha on a three-and-half-year deal from Benfica.

The 28-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee thought to be around 3.3m and the deal could include Spurs playing two friendlies with Benfica.

"Playing in the Premiership and playing for a big, big club like Tottenham is a dream come true," said Rocha.

Rocha could play against Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday.

But he is not eligible for Spurs' Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Rocha, who has six international caps, added: "It is too soon to know what really to expect, I will work very hard, but the most important thing is the team and the results of the team.

"It is most important to win whether with me in the side or another player.

"Tottenham is a fantastic club which is historic in England. They are one of the best teams who always try to win by playing good football and has a great cup tradition."

"I play hard but also fair," he added. "I just want to win all the balls and stop my opponents from scoring goals. I will just always do my best."

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Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli said: "Ricardo is an accomplished defender who gives us further options and brings considerable experience.

"He has played at the highest level in European competition and is also a current Portuguese international.

"Ricardo has shown a great desire to come to White Hart Lane and will no doubt prove to be a valuable addition to the squad at this important time."


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