Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson may be a forgotten man when it comes to European football, but he is not doing much in his native Brazil either.
The player surprised everyone when he made a move to Middle East club Al-Wahda in 2015. Even though he was advised against such a move since he was yet to hit his 30s, Denilson did not heed to the advice. Very quickly, he has found that life in the Middle East is not as rosy as it may have been. It has led to the swift return to Brazilian football. Denilson had joined Cruzeiro on a short-term loan deal till December.
Cruzeiro have inserted a clause in the loan move stating that they can exercise a € 2 million clause to buy him permanently if they are satisfied with his performances. It is understood that Denilson will want a permanent move in order to return to Brazil. However, Cruzeiro have to be convinced a lot before they part company with € 2 million. Former Brazil national team coach Mano Menezes is in charge of Cruzeiro and he recently picked Denilson in the squad for the game against Santa Cruz. After failing to make his debut, the midfielder is still looking to prove himself in the remaining 19 matches.
“He’s already taking part in all the works without any restriction and will be in the squad for the first time on Sunday. He’s a player for an important function in the team and within the game, if there is the possibility or the need, we will surely use him because there’s already a condition for it. Experienced, makes good passes and has good vision to the midfield. We have confidence to do it with him,” said the Cruzeiro manager about his signing who has been trying to get back to Brazil.