Valencia sign Thiago Carleto

Spanish La Liga side Valencia have unveiled Brazilian teenager Thiago Carleto as their new wingback.

"I am very happy to be able to play here. It is a dream to play in Spain and with a big team, with big players," said Carleto, who left Santos to sign a six-year deal with Valencia. "I am very disciplined, I look to do what the coach decides.

Valencia gave no financial details, but sports daily AS reported that the transfer fee for the 19-year-old, who was also being chased by Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, was around two million $2.5m.

The club had been looking for a new left-back because their Basque defender Asier del Horno, 27, is struggling with a right-knee problem, while Italian Emiliano Moretti has been out of form.

Valencia are third in the league after 13 rounds, five points behind leaders Barcelona and one shy of Villarreal.