Joao Moutinho completes Spezia transfer following Orlando City exit

Chris Smith
Moutinho was a popular figure in Orlando.
Moutinho was a popular figure in Orlando. / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Portuguese defender Joao Moutinho has completed his move to Serie A side Spezia following his Orlando City exit.

The 24-year-old joined the Lions from fellow MLS outfit LAFC in 2019, going on to make 85 appearances for the club across all competitions and helping them lift the 2022 US Open Cup.

However, Moutinho's contract was allowed to expire at the end of the 2022 campaign, with Moutinho posting a heartfelt farewell message to supporters earlier this week.

"Orlando, four years of my life that have gone by. Lots of up and downs, and some unforgettable moments along the way," Moutinho wrote on Instagram. "I felt like I belonged since day 1, and words will never be enough to express how grateful I am to the city, club, and country that took me in as one of their own all these years.

"Thank you to everyone that was involved and made this journey so rewarding. I leave with my head held high knowing that I always gave my best for the team. To all the fans, thank you for the incredible support, day in and day out. To 'The City Beautiful', you will always have a very special place in my heart. #VamosOrlando."

With Spezia head coach Luca Gotti having already publicly confirmed their interest in the player, Moutinho completed his move to Serie A's 17th-placed team on Thursday, signing through June 2026.

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