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Chapecoense Set To Sign 20 New Players In Time For 2017 Season

Nasir Jabbar

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Chapecoense Set To Sign 20 New Players In Time For 2017 Season

Decimated by the tragic plane crash, Chapecoense are rebuilding their side ahead of the new season by drafting in up to 20 players.

The Brazilian club will also reserve shirt numbers for the players who survived the plane crash in a touching tribute.

"No player this season will use the shirts that were worn by Jackson Follmann, Neto or Alan Ruschel." Director of football Rui Costa said.

Defenders Neto and Alan Ruschel as well as reserve keeper Jackson Fullman miraculously survived. Neto and Ruschel are expected to don the Chape shirt once again, unlike Fullman who unfortunately had to have his leg amputated.

Chapecoense
Chapecoense

But he'll be part of the club in some capacity once fully recovered; "More than a tribute, we expect Alan and Neto to come back and wear them. Follmann sadly won't be able to but he will certainly be back here with us in some capacity."

A majority of the business Chape will do are expected to be loan deals with rival clubs promising to loan players for free.

And that stance is confirmed by Costa who said; "We are resorting to a lot of loans."

"That is a tool for bringing together quality, speed and budget. Many clubs are being partners in this."

"We looked at 90 players, we whittled that down to 50 and finally had a list of 38 players that got down to the number of players we have today. We have a group ready to start pre-season training. We'll probably have between 25 and 27 players."

Pre-season training begins on Friday with the new season starting on the 26th January at home to Joinville in what will be an emotional affair.

Topics: Chapecoense

Nasir Jabbar
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