Sapunaru wants to be ‘important’

New Real Zaragoza defender Cristian Sapunaru has claimed he wants to become an 'important member of the team' after joining the Blanquillos.

The Romania international was a free agent after his contract ran down at Porto, and was in a buoyant mood when officially presented as a Zaragoza player.

“I hope to have a good season,” he told a press conference. “I have come to a very strong, well known, very large team, and I hope to play some good football.

“I want to become an important part of the team.”

The 28-year-old has signed a one-year contract, with the option of a further two years should he impress at La Romareda.

The versatile defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back, has played nine times for the Romanian national team and will wear the number 19 shirt.

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