Ex-Juventus defender Mauricio Isla joins Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 : Reigning Brazilian and Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo have completed the signing of Chile international right-back Mauricio Isla on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old, who parted ways with Turkey’s Fenerbahce in June, agreed to a deal that runs until December 2022, Flamengo said in a statement late on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

“After 12 seasons in Europe, Mauricio Isla returns to South America to join the Libertadores champions. A high-level reinforcement,” the statement read.

Flamengo made the former Juventus and Udinese defender a prime transfer target after the departure of Rafinha to Olympiacos last week. Local media reported that Argentinian giants Boca Juniors had also been interested in the defender.

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Isla has been capped 115 times for Chile and was a part of the national team’s 2015 and 2016 Copa America triumphs.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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