The 32-year-old has joined the Rio De Janeiro outfit from Brazilian top-flight rivals Gremio on one-year loan deal, media reported on Monday.

Speaking upon his presentation to the media, Elano said he was already thinking about the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club trophy, which Flamengo won the right to contest by winning last year's Copa do Brasil.

"I was born to play at big clubs," Elano said. "It's the first time that I've had the opportunity to live and play in Rio de Janeiro. It's a privilege to be a part of this club that has just been crowned champions," Elano added.

Elano, who has won 50 international caps for Brazil, said he hoped to impart his experience on his younger teammates.


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