Sao Paulo have handed Brazilian defender Breno a three-year contract, despite the fact that the former Bayern Munich stopper is still in prison and not set for release for another three years.

In 2011, the 23-year-old defender was convicted of arson having set fire to his rented villa in Munich. Breno is currently six months into a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence, although it is possible that he may be released in 2013.

From 2003 to 2007 the troubled Breno played for Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian outfit have stood by their man as he looks set to return to his former club.

When Bayern Munich signed Breno in December 2007, Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Fiorentina were also credited with an interest.

After two years with Munich, the Brazilian was loaned to Nuremberg - making eight appearances during the temporary switch.

Having caused £1million worth of damage after burning down his rented accommodation, Breno was reportedly suffering with depression and alcoholism.

Sao Paulo, winner of the Copa Sudamericana 2012, now hope that Breno will be released from prison early, stating their desire to help their former charge rebuild his career.

Earlier this week, the Brazilian giants also signed ex-Bayern Munich and Internazionale defender Lucio, whose contract was terminated with Juventus, having barely set foot on the field with the Italian champions.

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