New beginning for Brazilian Aurelio at Liverpool

London: Brazilian defender Fabio Aurelio hailed his latest contract at Liverpool a new beginning after he re-signed for the Premier League club on a two-year deal.

"I feel very pleased and proud," he said. "It feels like I`m signing for the first time -- everything has changed so it`s like a new beginning for me with new confidence and a new boss."

The 30-year-old left Anfield when his contract expired in May but was offered a chance to prove he was worth retaining by new manager Roy Hodgson and has agreed a deal until 2012.

"I asked the club to find out whether Fabio had found a new club," Hodgson told the Liverpool website.

"When we ascertained that he hadn`t, we invited him back to (the training ground at) Melwood so both myself and my staff, and the medical team could properly assess the player."

"We were both very impressed and I am delighted we were able to re-sign Fabio," he added.

Aurelio endured an injury-marred spell at Anfield after joining from Valencia in 2006 but said on Saturday he thought he was in good condition after training on his own in pre-season.

He was part of the squad that travelled to Germany for Sunday`s pre-season friendly with Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Bureau Report

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