Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson has joined Brazilian club Sao Paulo on a free contract, that will see him stay at his homeland club until 2017, after signing a four-year-contract. 

It had been reported that Denilson was being tracked by Russian club CSKA Moscow, but the midfielder has decided to return to the club that he started his career with in 2005. 

Denilson spent five seasons at Arsenal between 2006-2011, making 96 appearances and scoring six goals. But Denilson has recently fallen out of favour under Arsene Wenger, after the addition of players such as Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshire being preferred in the middle of the park. 

Denilson has spent the last two seasons on-loan at Sao Paulo, and the club have decided to re-sign their former player. Denilson's return to Brazil didn't start too well, with the midfielder being sent off twice in his first three matches. Despite this, the Brazilian team have decided to sign Denilson for the third time in his career. 

Following his move back to Brazil, Denilson's squad number, 15, was given to new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following his arrival from Southampton, sparking further rumours about his future in the Premier League. 

Denilson admitted he was sad to leave Arsenal, but that he had learnt a lot under Arsene Wenger.

"Arsenal has been my home for five years and it will be in my memory forever. I had to learn things the hard way, but luckily I excelled and matured in England too," he told Sao Paulo's official website. 

"I have a lot more joy than sorrow in England and I still feel honoured to have played for so long in one of the top ten clubs in the world," continued Denilson.

 

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