Brazilian side São Paulo have confirmed that Denilson has signed on loan for the rest of the year.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who began his career at São Paulo before moving to Arsenal in 2006, had been little more than a squad player at the Emirates for much of the last twelve months but now hopes a return to his homeland will kick start his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup for Brazil.
Speaking to the São Paulo official website, Denilson made clear that he felt a more complete individual having spent five years in England and was looking forward to competing in the Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.
“I am very pleased to return. I want to help Sao Paulo become Brazilian champions,” confirmed the midfielder.
“I found many difficulties in the beginning because I was only 18. But I learned many things. Today I am a more aware and mature person. I hope I’ll be able to develop more with Sao Paulo this year and contribute to the team.
“I want to help the the club win titles and be called up by the Brazilian national team. The Championship is very competitive and watched all over the world.”
Fluminense are also thought to have approached Arsenal about taking Denilson on loan, however, according to trusted Twitter source @brazilgunners it appears that Arsene Wenger may have sanctioned the São Paulo deal with a view to bolstering his chances of sealing a move for the club’s 20-year-old centre-back Bruno Uvini.
Uvini, who is under contract at the Estadio do Morumbi until 2014, is set to captain Brazil at the under-20 World Cup in Colombia and could, depending on results in the group stage, face Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell – another name thought to be on the Gunners shopping list.