Nottingham Forest defender Yuri Ribeiro has revealed that speaking to fellow Portuguese players Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves helped convince him to make the move to The City Ground.
Ribeiro joined Forest from Benfica back in the 2019 summer transfer window, signing a permanent deal with the Championship club.
Now it seems as though Ribeiro’s decision to make the move to Forest, was influenced un no small part by two of his former Benfica teammates who have also played for Forest during their careers.
Speaking during a QandA on the club’s YouTube channel, Ribeiro was asked why he had wanted to move to Forest in particular, with the left-back responding by saying: “When I finished the season at Benfica, I had some clubs interested.
“But I chose Nottingham, because I talked with some Portuguese players who had played there before, like Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves, I played with these two guys and they told me just positive things about the club, about the fans, about the league. That is why I chose Nottingham.”
Since making that move to The City Ground, Ribeiro has made a total of 53 appearances in all competitions for Forest, scoring once during that time.
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While Goncalves did not return to Forest after his loan with the club in 2018/19, Carvalho is still a Forest player, although he is on loan with Spanish second-tier side Almeria until the end of this season.
You do feel as though this is something that Forest fans will be rather pleased to see.
It is always good to see a club making a good impression on players, and it certainly seems as though that has proven to be the case here with the recommendations Ribeiro received about Forest.
As a result, you wonder whether that could now help Forest again in future transfer windows, if other players are tempted to make the move to The City Ground because of what they have heard from their counterparts who have already been there.
Indeed, given the positive impact Ribeiro has made during his time with Forest, it does seem as though that is something that is already paying off for them.