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Deco edging ever nearer to a homeland return


By Ross Mackiewicz.

Chelsea midfielder Deco is moving ever closer to his dream of returning to his native Brazil after holding talks with Fluminese.

The 32 year old revealed last month his intentions to leave Stamford Bridge this summer in order to seek pastures new in the form of helping the less fortunate in his homeland. It was unclear if he was contemplating retirement after the World Cup where he is currently preparing with the Portugal squad ahead of next month’s football festival. However the former Barcelona star states his intention of continuing his playing days in Brazil’s Serie A.

“I’m not coming (to Brazil) to end my career.” Said Deco

“I’m coming to play. I believe I have a few more good years to play at a high level.”

Deco signed for the Blues after the European Championships in 2008 for £8m to reunite with Luiz Felipe Scolari who managed Deco for five years as the national coach of Portugal. He has made 55 appearances for the West London outfit and scored six goals. He has only showed glimpses of his magic since his arrival to England from Catalonia where he won a number of titles including the Champions League.

Nothing as yet is concrete for Deco in terms of a transfer. He still has one year left on his current deal but talks with Fluminese have been positive and any decision will be put on hold by the midfield maestro until after the World Cup.

“There’s a strong possibility (moving to Fluminense) but at the moment I can’t confirm anything because I have a contract with Chelsea.” Deco said.

“I’m only going to decide after the World Cup.”

Deco is just one of a number of players who may be heading for the exit door at Chelsea as Carlo Ancelotti aims to tinker with his squad and build upon their domestic double success.

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