Porto to open training centre in Brazil

The Portuguese champions will soon inaugurate a training centre in Brazil hoping to sign potential world class talent produced there
Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Silva has confirmed that Porto will soon open a state-of-the-art training centre in Brazil.

The venue, called Centro de Treinos Dragao (Dragon Training Center) will be located in Para de Minas, Minas Gerais, and will have an area of 1 million square feet.

In addition to 10 football fields inside the centre, plus three on the outside, there will be a stadium with a capacity for 15,000 people and a hotel to accommodate several hundreds of players.

Construction work will begin in December, with Silva, head of the centre, hoping that the €40 million project will be ready in time for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Despite having Porto's name associated with the centre, the former Brazil coach noted that the Portuguese club's coffers will remain intact.

"Porto will not invest any cash, at least not directly, in the construction work," he told Maisfutebol. "The club will only provide their know-how: they give the name, the credibility, the human resources and the organisation.

"Our staff will have an internship in Oporto and the club will come here to execute all their ideas."

Silva also revealed Porto will have the first pick over all the players the centre produces, saying: "Whenever they want a player, they just have to come here get him and pay a small compensation to the centre.

"If they do not want a player, then we are free to negotiate him with other clubs."