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Roma signs experienced Spanish defender Ivan Marcano on a free transfer

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The center-back Spanish defender Ivan Marcano has joined Eusebio Di Francesco’s Serie A side on a three-year contract until June 2021.

The 30-year-old’s deal includes an option of a fourth year at Stadio Olimpico.

“I am very happy to be here because Roma is a great club that is moving in the right direction following a clear sporting project,” Marcano told the club’s website.

“I also believe that the footballing philosophy of the team will fit well with my strengths and characteristics.”

Marcano was in Spain Under-21, spent the past four years with Porto, making more than 150 appearances and winning the Portuguese title last season.

Following the start of his career with Racing Santander, he left to play for fellow Spanish teams Villarreal and Getafe before moving to Portugal in 2014 resulting to spells with Greek side Olympiakos and Russian club Rubin Kazan.

Roma sporting director Monchi said:

“The signing of Ivan Marcano is the addition of a player who will bring his quality, his physical strength and his vast experience to the club. I wish him all the luck in the world with this new adventure.”