Arsenal midfielder Denilson extends Sao Paulo loan

Arsenal midfielder Denilson has extended his loan spell with Sao Paulo for the 2012/13 season, casting doubt over his Gunners future, Arsenal.com reports.

The 24 year old came through the ranks at Sao Paulo and returned to his boyhood club last season, making a total of 47 appearances. Denilson has made 153 appearances for the Gunners since making his debut in October 2006, but limited first-team opportunities have seen him make the move to Brazil for another loan spell.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been hopeful of securing a permanent deal for Denilson, but with problems between the two sides, a loan deal was the inevitable option. Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista has explained why the deal took so long on the club’s official website: Baptista said: “Arsenal, rightly, would not initially release the player. Fortunately, we had high-level talks in England with the board and everything was settled.”

Denilson also spoke of his delight at the agreement, stating: “I’m very relieved. Now, I am even more focused to work on bringing Sao Paulo titles.”

The Gunners receive a £500,000 loan fee as part of the deal and have included an option which allows them to cancel the loan if a suitable offer comes for the player from another club.

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