Ex-City star Pinto returns to Portugal in January move

PUBLISHED: 15:25 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:30 08 January 2020

Ivo Pinto said an emotional goodbye to Norwich City in the summer. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ivo Pinto said an emotional goodbye to Norwich City in the summer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Former Norwich City full-back Ivo Pinto has returned to his native Portugal to join high-flying Famalicão on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 30-year-old rejoined Dinamo Zagreb in the summer upon the expiration of his contract at Carrow Road but has found game time limited in Croatia.

Pinto has played just six times in the opening half of the season and has failed to complete a full 90 minutes since September.

His time back in Croatia has seen his confined to the bench with his quest for more game time leading him back to his homeland.

Famalicão are a newly promoted side shaking up the established order in the Portuguese top-flight. The minnows have won eight of their opening 15 games.

Ivo Pinto has signed for high-flying FC Famalicão on-loan until the end of the season. Picture: Russell Hart/Focus Images LtdIvo Pinto has signed for high-flying FC Famalicão on-loan until the end of the season. Picture: Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd

They sit 3rd in the division with 27 points and find themselves ahead of Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

Famalicao, who are from the north of Portugal, play at the 5,300-seater Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho and are managed by Joao Pedro Sousa, who was assistant to Marco Silva at Everton and Hull and was voted the Primeira Liga manager of the month for August.

Pinto joined the Canaries in January 2016, going on to make 95 appearances across four seasons - scoring on three occasions.

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