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Ex-Brazil striker Fred returns to Fluminense

01 Jun 2020, 11:30 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Veteran striker Fred has returned to his former club Fluminense after parting ways with their Brazilian Serie A rivals Cruzeiro.

The 36-year-old former Brazil international signed a two-year deal with the club for whom he scored 172 goals in 288 matches from 2009 to 2016.

"I'm delighted and anxious to return. I feel like I'm coming home," Fred told reporters on Sunday.

"I'm going to give my life for this shirt. It's going to be a great challenge. I want to prove once again that I'm able to continue playing at a high level for our fans. They can rest assured that I'm going to give 100% every day so that hopefully we can celebrate titles together."

Fred is third on Fluminense's list of all-time scorers and helped them win the 2010 and 2012 Brazilian Serie A championship.

Club president Mario Bittencourt said the former Lyon player will earn a symbolic salary of less than 500 U.S. dollars a month during Brazilian football's coronavirus shutdown.

All of the country's domestic football competitions were halted in March to prevent the spread of the virus.

Last week, officials in Rio de Janeiro state said clubs - including Fluminense - could restart training under strict protocols in June. Competitions are not expected to recommence before July.

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