Levante signs Mozambique midfielder Simao Mate

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spanish club Levante says it has signed Mozambique defensive midfielder Simao Mate through 2015.

The 24-year-old midfielder last played with Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League, but new coach Radomir Antic released him earlier this year.

Simao said he has followed Levante over the past two years and liked its style, adding that "I hope that you guys will also like me as a player."

The midfielder said he needed to train some more to recover full match fitness.

Club president Francisco Catalan said "this signing will enrich our squad," and that Simao fulfilled one of the team's technical needs.

Simao also played for Panathinaikos from 2007-2012.

No financial details of Tuesday's signing were revealed.