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Sparta Prague signs Lafata

Sparta Prague announced Friday that it has signed striker David Lafata on a three-and-a-half year deal from rival club Jablonec.

Lafata, 31, has been the leading scorer in the Czech top flight for the past two seasons and is at the top of the charts this term with 13 goals.

"The signing of David is a clear sign to everyone that Sparta want to show power and quality, not only on the Czech scene but also in Europe," Sparta coach Vitezslav Lavicka told the official UEFA website.

Sparta occupies third place in the Czech league and is set to face Chelsea in the Round of 32 in the Europa League.