Brazilian outfit São Paulo have officially clinched the permanent signing of released Arsenal midfielder Denilson.
Earlier this month it was announced that the Brazilian’s contract was set to be terminated at the of this season by mutual consent, with the club announcing his release at the end of June.
The 25-year-old joined the Gunners from São Paulo in 2006 as an exciting young prospect and began his Arsenal career well. He even featured in all but one Premier League game in the 2008/09 season, however his playing opportunities gradually reduced due to the emergence of Alex Song and a lack of form/confidence.
He has since spent the entirety of the past two season on loan with his boyhood club, and despite São Paulo wanting to take the midfielder permanently they remained patient with the possibility of signing him on the cheap or free this summer. They have now fended off interest from fellow Brazilian sides Gremio, Cruzeiro and Santos and sealed the signing of Denilson on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
The Brazilian side announced the deal on their official website, with the clubs director of football Adalberto Baptista stating [translated]:
He’s a player with unquestionable quality, which is not easy in the market. And, above all, has a love for the club itself. Revealed he was here and has the DNA of São Paulo.’s A great enhancement and motivated, has everything to return to the Brazilian national team.
Denilson also told Globo Esporte on his finally permanent move to boyhood club Sao Paulo:
I have to repay the confidence of the board and the fans by playing well.
I received other offers and some were more financially attractive, too. But my love and identification with Sao Paulo made the difference in my decision.
Congratulations to Denilson on securing a permanent deal with the club that educated him early on in his career. Things just did not work out for the Brazilian in North London but best of luck in your homeland. The termination of his contract was really the best option for all parties involved.
Another piece of the ‘deadwood’ gone, long may it continue. Next up: Bendtner.