São Paulo want to keep Denilson


São Paulo says they’re confident that they can come to an arrangement with Arsena over the permanent transfer of Denilson.

The midfielder has been on loan with the Brazilian giants since 2011, and still has another 18 months to go on his Arsenal contract. But, after winning the title there, he wants to stay and continue with club where he started his career.

“I believe we’ll reach an agreement with Arsenal,” Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told UOL (via Sambafoot).

“We have heard from Denilson that he doesn’t want to return to England, that he wants to stay here with us. I think our relations with Arsenal will help that to happen.”

Although he had been strongly linked with move to Spain in the summer of 2011, with Villarreal said to be very close to signing him, Denilson returned to Brazil and appears to be doing quite well.

He’s picked up plenty of red cards but has become far more important to Sao Paulo than he was to Arsenal when he left. He played a total of 153 games for the Gunners, scoring 10 goals.

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