Real Sociedad sign Portugal forward Andre Silva on loan from Leipzig

AP , Wednesday 2 Aug 2023

Real Sociedad signed Portugal forward Andre Silva from Leipzig on Wednesday on a season-long loan with an option to buy, adding depth to the Spanish team’s squad for its first Champions League campaign in a decade.

Andre Silva
RB Leipzig's Portuguese forward Andre Silva joined Real Sociedad on a season-long-loan deal. Photo: AFP


Silva strengthens a Sociedad team which had a setback last week when 37-year-old Spain great David Silva announced his retirement after suffering a severe knee injury in training for the new season.

There are questions over Andre Silva’s fitness after so far spending pre-season in Madrid recovering from a thigh muscle injury.

Sociedad are in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14 after placing fourth in the Spanish league last season.

Andre Silva played for Porto, AC Milan and Sevilla before a breakout season with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2020-21, when he scored 28 Bundesliga goals in 34 games. Silva moved to Leipzig after that but couldn’t replicate the same form, with 26 goals in 95 games in two seasons across all competitions. He lost out on game time after Timo Werner became the preferred center-forward. Leipzig has also signed promising youngster Benjamin Sesko in that position for the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old Silva has 19 goals in 53 games for Portugal.

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