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The Brazilian striker has spoken of his delight at securing a loan switch to the Portuguese club...

Barcelona's newly-signed striker Keirrison has agreed to team up with Benfica on a season-long loan deal, with the Portuguese club also securing the option for another year, depending upon the will of all involved parties.

According to the player's representative, Marquinho Malaquias, negotiations between the two clubs were very quick and Barcelona will pay Keirrison's salary in full.

The 20-year-old forward has now praised Benfica, saying that he hopes his new club will provide him with the opportunity to develop his skills

"I am very happy, Benfica are a big club that everyone knows," he told GLOBOESPORTE.

"Besides, playing in Portugal will make my adjustment to European football easier because of the language and also because of the many Brazilians that play in the team."

Although Keirrison is happy with his new challenge, he noted he cannot wait to return to Barcelona to link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I met 'Ibra' yesterday because we were at the same hotel," he noted. "We spoke in English and he seemed like a really nice guy.

"He told me he will be waiting for me next year. It will be great to play alongside him in the future."

Earlier this month, Keirisson joined Barcelona from Palmeiras in his native Brazil.

Luís Mira, Goal.com

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