Brazilian teenager Rafael Ratao joins Albirex Niigata on loan

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01/11/2013 - Esportes - Paulo Santana - Especial Ponte Preta - Rafael Ratão
Local : Moisés Lucarelli - Campinas
Na imagem : Atacante Rafael Ratão

Foto: Gustavo Tilio/Especial para AAN

on Friday announced the signing of Brazilian forward on loan from Ponte Preta.

The 19-year-old arrived in in late July and has been training with the club while waiting for the move to become official since then.

“It’s been a short time since I came to Japan but I’m enjoying life in Niigata and I’m grateful to club officials and my teammates for welcoming me so warmly,” Rafael said.

“I want to work hard in order to accomplish my goals.”

The pacy wide forward will effectively serve as Musashi Suzuki’s replacement in Albirex’s squad, after the latter was loaned to Mito Hollyhock on Monday.

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