Genoa president Enrico Preziosi reveals Eduardo will join Benfica

The Portuguese goalie will return to his native country on a one-year loan deal after failing to make an impact in Serie A
Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has revealed that shot-stopper Eduardo will be farmed out on loan to Benfica in the 2011-12 campaign.

The Portugal international joined Genoa from Braga in the summer of 2010, but he failed to replicate his form from previous seasons at the Serie A side and has been heavily criticised by the club's fans.

Therefore, Genoa have decided to part company with the custodian on a temporary basis as they've set their sights on Inter goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano as their new first choice for next year.

"Benfica have asked us about Eduardo and we have decided to farm him out on a one-year loan deal there. There will not be any players moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal," Preziosi was quoted as saying by Sky Sport24.

"I am still convinced that Eduardo is a great goalkeeper, but I've made this decision just so we can have a quiet season."

Eduardo will have to fight it out with Roberto for the spot between the sticks at the Portuguese giants.

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