Mario returned to Portuguese sports on loan, and the loan contract expires at the end of this season. In an interview, he expressed his thoughts about returning to Portuguese sports.
"It feels great. I went back to a place that once made me happy. I found happiness here. Now I want to find happiness again. I am familiar with the environment here and I am ready to help."
"Like I said, I found happiness here. My relationship with the chairman is very good, and he persuaded me. I want to play my best."
"Compared with four years ago, I have become more mature and more experienced. I was very young when I left here, and now I have learned a lot. The experience of other countries has changed me."
"This jersey was still vacant when I joined. This is a positive sign. I am very happy to return to Portuguese sports and wear the number 17 jersey again."