Denilson wants permanent Arsenal exit

Midfielder Denilson has revealed he wants to make his loan spell at Sao Paulo permanent, in turn bringing a definite end to his Arsenal career, Sky Sports has reported.

Denilson originally moved to Arsenal from Sao Paulo in 2006 and has played more than 150 games for the Gunners, but returned to Brazil on loan in 2011 and renewed his stay at Sao Paulo for a second full season in the summer of 2012.

Sao Paulo are said to be keen to sign Denilson on a full-time basis when his latest temporary move comes to an end in June, and the 24-year-old admits he is eager to complete his return to the club as well.

Denilson said: “If Sao Paulo come tomorrow and say that I’ll stay, it will be an immense joy as I have always wanted to stay. If they leave the decision to a later point, I’ll feel annoyed. I want to be calm, to solve everything so that I can work without any problems.

I haven’t had any direct talks with either Sao Paulo or Arsenal directors. I want to see out my contract with professionalism. I hope I can stay but I want them to solve this.

Denilson made his Arsenal debut in October 2006, playing a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion, featuring in every match Arsenal played in the competition that year. His first league appearance under Arsene Wenger came two months later, entering a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Brammall Lane as a substitute.

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