Mane delight at Stuttgart switch

Portuguese midfielder Carlos Mané has expressed his delight after joining Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart on a two-year deal from Sporting CP.

The 22-year-old winger joined Jos Luhukay's side on the final day of the transfer window and revealed he was aware of the club's stature in German football, having followed the career of countryman Fernando Meira.

"It's a very emotional moment for me. I was very excited over the past few hours and could hardly wait to come to Stuttgart. I wanted the move to VfB," he told the club's website.

"I know VfB Stuttgart from the time that Fernando Meira played here and I have heard a great deal about the club.

"VfB is one of Germany's most traditional clubs. For that reason, I am very happy to be at VfB and I want to give my all in ensuring that we win as many points as possible and that the club achieves its goals.

"I want to do my best and be diligent, so I can help the team and the club as quickly as possible. I am looking forward to getting to know my team-mates, the club and the city of Stuttgart, so that I can get integrated and find my feet as quickly," he concluded.

Mané, who represented Portugal at the Rio Olympics, made 23 appearances in all competitions for Sporting last season.