According to SambaFoot.com Denilson, who had his contract at Arsenal terminated by mutual consent last week, will finally seal a permanent move to Sao Paulo after the club’s sporting director Adalberto Baptista revealed he’s confident of doing a deal in the coming days.
Despite things not working out at Arsenal, a club he joined as a 17-year-old back in 2006, the midfielder believes he’s become a better man and footballer thanks to Arsene Wenger.
“Arsenal was literally my home for five years and it will be in my memory forever,” he said in a statement released by Sao Paulo.
“I had to learn things the hard way, but luckily I improved and matured in England. I always lived alone, without mastering English and had great responsibility placed on me.
“In spite of all the difficulties the experience has made me feel even better as a man. I have more joy than sadness at having played in England and still feel honoured to have played so long for one of the ten biggest clubs in the world.
“I would like to thank all the players and staff during my time at the club, but especially Arsène Wenger, who was arguably the person who trusted and invested the most in me.
“He always treated me like a son and I have no doubt that Wenger was instrumental in my development as an athlete. He’s a fantastic guy.”
A touching farewell from Denilson and best of luck to him in the future.
Elsewhere both Nicklas Bendtner and Sebastien Squillaci also appear to be making progress in their hunt for new clubs.
French publication Le Matin claim that centre-back Squillaci, who will become a free agent in just over 400 hours, is wanted by Swiss side FC Sion although former club Ajaccio are also said to be involved in the ‘chase’ for his signature.
Finally, Bendtner could be heading to Germany. Last week the Dane revealed he had several offers on the table and Bild are now claiming that one potential destination is Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Citing another year spent predominantly on the sidelines due to injury the Greatest Sriker That Ever Lived appears to have accepted that Champions League football is not a deal breaker.
Looking around the interweb there are further mutterings about Zenit and Arshavin holding talks (just get a room guys), Djourou possibly spending another year on loan at Hannover if Arsenal subsidise his wages and Mannone being wanted in Italy.
We’ll follow up those juicy titbits another day…or not.