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UPDATED 02:31 18th August 2015

SLOVAKIA UNDER-21 defender Dionatan Teixeira agreed a three-year contract at the Britannia Stadium in June 2014.

He has found first team opportunities difficult to come by but has featured in games for the Under-21s under Glyn Hodges.

Apart from a late cameo role in a 2-1 win against Aston Villa, it was all about settling in and developing on the training field for Teixeira.

The Brazilian-born centre half moved to England after the Potters agreed an undisclosed fee for his services with Slovakian top-flight outfit FK Dukla Banska Bystrica.

Dionatan started his career with Brazilian team Londrina EC before making the decision to move to Europe as a 16-year-old and being rewarded with a youth contract at Slovakian side MFK Kosice.

After prospering in the club's youth set-up, Tiexeira went on trial at a number of English clubs, including Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United as well as Manchester City during Mark Hughes' reign at the Etihad Stadium.

He returned in April 2009 and made his first team debut days later as a second half substitute in a 2-1 victory over MFK Dubnica.

After a stop-start fledgling career at Kosice, where he was in the same squad as current Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, Teixeira spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Slovan Bratislava where he played for the side's B team.

Following the conclusion of his loan arrangement he left Bratislava and switched permanently to Slovakian second division side Banik Ruzina.

After making nine league appearances and scoring one goal for Banik Ruzina, Tiexeira moved up to Slovakia's top-flight when he signed for Dukla Banska Bystrica in March 2013.

He enjoyed a run of games for them during the 2013/14 season managing 35 appearances as well as finding the back of the net on three separate occasions, all of which came in comprehensive victories.