Rangers star Bruno Alves has played in Italy, Russia, Portugal, Greece and Turkey
The 35-year-old Portuguese defender put pen to paper on a two-year deal to become boss Pedro Caixinha’s first signing at Ibrox after sealing a £500,000 move from Italian side Cagliari.
Caixinha is hopeful he can also push through deals for a raft of new players in the week ahead as he looks to revamp his squad.
Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack, Hearts’ Jamie Walker, Chivas’ Carlos Pena, Norwich ace Graham Dorrans and Benfica duo Daniel Candeias and Dalcio are Caixinha’s top targets for a summer rebuild.
After undergoing a medical, Alves assured the success-starved fans that his winning mentality will shine through at Ibrox.
He won Euro 2016 with Portugal and has lifted trophies with Porto, Zenit St-Petersburg and Fenerbahce.
Alves said: “I’m very happy to join the club and I will do my best to win. That’s the main reason I came here.
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At almost all the clubs I played at I was a winner and I expect to win here for the fans and for the club
Rangers star Bruno Alves
“I have this desire to win and moving here will bring this back to me and my career.
“At almost all the clubs I played at I was a winner and I expect to win here for the fans and for the club.
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“It’s going to be an amazing journey, I’m sure about that.
“I want to be a champion again. That is one of the best feelings I’ve had in my career and the last time I was a champion at a club was in Fenerbahce. I want to have this feeling again.”
Alves enjoyed a whistle stop tour of Ibrox yesterday before jetting out to rejoin the Portugal squad for a friendly with Cyprus and the Confederations Cup in Russia.
The centre-half’s ongoing international commitments mean that he will miss out on the start of Rangers’ Europa League qualifiers from June 29.
But he’s itching to help the club in Europe after his one and only previous trip to Ibrox in 2005.
Alves was part of the Porto squad which won 3-2 in a Champions League group game 12 years ago and he has never forgotten the occasion.
He said: “It was a very good experience and this also made me come here, to receive the affection and the support of the fans.”
Alves boasts a wealth of experience having played in Portugal, Russia, Greece, Turkey and Italy as well as earning 89 caps for his country. And he is sure he can bring glory to Rangers by linking up with compatriot Caixinha.
Explaining why he signed, Alves added: “It was for the project, what he wants to bring here. He was so important for me to join the team.
“I know about the work he did in Portugal and also some players that he coached before.
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha played a big role in Bruno Alves' transfer
“I’m happy to be coached by him. He has the quality and ideas to make this club successful again.”
Caixinha is confident his first recruit has all the attributes to be a success and is looking forward to Alves adding several different qualities to the dressing room.
The Ibrox manager said: “All teams need to be built and organised from the back and Bruno is a very talented and experienced player.
“He is also really mature and a leader with a strong character, so I’m very happy he has signed a two-year deal with us at the beginning of this new project and this new cycle we want to start with Rangers.
“What is important is that he is a winner with a winning mentality and that is something we all want, to put the club on a winning track again.
“Bruno will be a leader in the dressing room and he will demand a lot from himself and others in the squad, both on the pitch and in our training sessions.”