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Royal AM’s Nascimento talks departure from Mamelodi Sundowns!

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Newly-signed Royal AM defender Ricardo Nascimento has finally broken silence on his unexpected departure from Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Nascimento parted ways with Sundowns at the end of January after rejecting the club’s proposal for him to retire.

Sundowns had offered Nascimento a different position capacity within the club, but the Brazilian defender turned the offer down as he wanted to continue playing.

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Nascimento has now confirmed what co-coach Rhulani Mokwena told the media this week that he left Sundowns because they needed to free up a spot in their foreign quota.

The left-footer further thanked Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe for the support he gave him and his family from the day he arrived in South Africa six years ago.

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NASCIMENTO BREAKS SILENCE ON SUNDOWNS DEPARTURE

“My departure from the Sundowns was due to a request from the club, which needed to open a foreign spot in the team for this season,” said Nascimento in his farewell message.

“So, it was time to say goodbye. I’m very happy to announce that I will be joining a new family here in South Africa, the Royal AM family.

“I’m very grateful to Sundowns for all these years I have worn this shirt, and for all the titles and achievements we have been able to conquer together as a team.

“I would also like to thank President Patrice Motsepe for all the support he has always given to me and my family,” added Nascimento.

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Nascimento left Sundowns as a club legend with 144 competitive games, 17 goals and two assists under his belt.

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