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Official: Ivan Marcano Returns to Porto

The Spaniard returns to Portugal after an underwhelming year in the Italian capital.

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Almost a year to the day that Ivan Marcano was revealed to the media as Roma’s newest signing (He was brought to Roma by Monchi last summer on a free transfer, the Spaniard finds himself on his way out of the Italian capital. Marcano, whose contract had expired with FC Porto after a four year spell, signed a three year deal with the Giallorossi.

The move was meant to add quality depth and experience to Roma’s back line. Monchi summed him up by saying:

“I think what he brings is what players who have been playing at the top level for many years bring. Maturity, positioning on the pitch, his technical quality, his passing. I think there are so many things that he can give to the team. I think he also complements perfectly what we already have in the team.”

However, like most things at the Olimpico last season, especially along the back line, things didn’t go so well for Marcano. The Spaniard made just 11 appearances in a Roma shirt; scoring once in the Coppa Italia. We didn’t see the player described by Roma’s ex-DS.

With that, Roma decided to move on from Marcano after just one season. Roma will make €3 million from the sale. Marcano for his part will return to the same club from whence he came and enjoyed his most successful spell: Porto. With his departure, Roma now have two center back vacancies to fill as Petrachi continues to give the rearguard a facelift.