Denilson, who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent with Arsenal, has admitted that he has almost come to an agreement with Sao Paulo over a deal which would see the player move there permanently after spending the last few seasons on loan in Brazil.
After training, Denilson, who was seen speaking to the Sao Paulo director Adabalberto Baptista said ‘almost’ in response to the question about whether a deal had been reached while being unable to hid a massive smile.
He then added
“I’m very quiet, because people are taking care of my confidence these issues. The fact is that it is a very important moment in my career for a number of issues, and things have to be handled very carefully.”
Earlier today in a statement released by the Brazilian club, Denilson spoke very highly of the Arsenal boss, the man who Denilson added was like a father figure to him.
“Arsenal was literally my home for five years and it will be in my memory forever.
“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.”
Denilson joined Arsenal in 2006 as a 17 year old and made a total of 153 appearances for the North London club.