Zakaria Labyad was officially presented as a Sporting player on Monday night, after having put pen to paper on a five year deal.
Having arrived from PSV Eindhoven the promising Moroccan star paid a visit to the Sporting Museum in the company of Mário Casquilho and he proved surprised by the shear depth of Alvalade’s history.
The 19 year old then took the chance to sign autographs in the Sporting Official Club Store, before being officially unveiled on the Estádio José Alvalade pitch.
Labyad proved eager to “score a lot of goals” and is ready to help the team push up the league come next season: “Sporting is a massive club, it has a fantastic stadium and everyone has been great with me so far. I hope we win the league.”
The former PSV man noted that he is ready to play wherever coach Sá Pinto plays him, but did reveal that he prefers to play just off the main forward. “I don’t have a specific position and I will play wherever the coach wants, but if I could choose then I would prefer to play as an attacking midfielder”, said the Moroccan, adding that he hopes that Sporting’s Dutch pair can help him fit in quickly: “I know Ricky van Wolfswinkel from when he was in Holland two years ago. Schaars is also well known in Holland and they can really help me.”