Deco in Blues exit U-turn
Deco has moved to clear up matters reported on his desire to quit Chelsea this summer.
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 20/03/10 1:26pm
Deco has moved to clear up matters reported on his desire to quit Chelsea this summer in order to move back to his homeland of Brazil.
The Portugal international, born in Sao Bernardo do Campo in Brazil, earlier this month revealed his plans to cut short his Stamford Bridge stay for family reasons.
The former Barcelona and Porto player admits finishing his career with first club Corinthians remains a dream of his, but he would like to fulfil his Chelsea contract which expires next year.
"I still have the dream of playing in Brazil but this isn't the moment for returning to my country as I am still in contract at Chelsea and I don't have it in mind to break it," said Deco.
"Besides saying that I wanted to go back to Brazil to play for Corinthians, I didn't mean that it was going to be now. I am in contract at Chelsea until June 2011."
Deco, who has not played since the Blues' 1-1 draw with Hull last month, was not part of the Chelsea squad dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Inter Milan in midweek.
The 32-year-old is still frustrated at the European exit, however, and hopes involvement in this summer's World Cup with Portugal can help soften the blow.
"We failed once again," said the two-time European Cup winner.
"If I am called to the Portuguese national team (for South Africa 2010) I am going to give the very best from me to the team.
"This could be my last participation in the national team as I don't think that I will be fit for Euro 2012."