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Brazil defender Alex joins PSG from Chelsea

Updated: January 27, 2012, 11:18

PARIS(AP) Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of Brazil defender Alex from Chelsea on a 2 1/2-year deal on Friday.

The 29-year-old center back has played only three English Premier League games for Chelsea this season. He fell out of favor with coach Andre Villas-Boas and has not played since a League Cup quarterfinal defeat against Liverpool two months ago.

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti knows Alex well from his time at Chelsea. The rugged defender was part of the team that won the Premier League and FA Cup double under Ancelotti two seasons ago.

"Everywhere I've played I've won trophies and titles and I want to do that here,'' Alex said through an interpreter. "I'm in a big club and I'm happy with this. I appreciate the size of this club, which I have seen on TV, and it made me want to join.''

PSG signed Brazilian defender Maxwell from Barcelona earlier this month, taking its spending this season to about 90 million ($129 million). PSG did not confirm the fee for Alex.

Alex, who has 17 caps for Brazil and also played for Santos and PSV Eindhoven, scored seven league goals in 86 games for Chelsea. His heading ability makes him a threat from corners and he often tried his luck with powerful free kicks.

"Alex was a good opportunity for us,'' Ancelotti said. "He's a fantastic player and he wanted to come to us, and he's also a great bloke.''

Alex is one of three Brazilians in PSG's squad - winger Nene is the other - and one of four South Americans, along with Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore.

PSG broke the French transfer record when it signed Pastore from Palermo in the offseason for 42 million ($60 million).

PSG is first in the French league and leads second-place Montpellier by three points ahead of the weekend's matches.

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