Edmilson keen to stay at Barca
Edmilson has revealed that he hopes to be given the chance to prove himself at Camp Nou.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 02/01/08 5:26pm
Edmilson has revealed that he hopes to be given the chance to prove himself at Camp Nou after a string of long-term injuries.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2004 but has made just 79 appearances for the club in three-and-a-half years.
He was linked with a move to Milan or Newcastle last summer, but has denied speaking to either club.
Now fully recovered from his latest six-month setback, and with his contract due to expire in the summer, the midfielder is hoping to finally be able to prove his worth to boss Frank Rijkaard.
Desire"When I came to Barca I was in great shape," he told
El Mundo Deportivo.
"I was 28, had experience, was physically fit and arrived with a strong desire to grow even more.
"Then I was out for eight months and I came back and well, things have continued from there. I just hope that the five or six months I have left on my contract allow me to say goodbye with a trophy."
"The truth is that things have not gone as I imagined they would. I always said that I wanted to play in a great club and then I was injured after arriving.
"I am slightly sad because nobody has been able to see the Edmilson from before.
"I am open to the possibility (of a new contract). Of the players that all arrived at the same time as me, I am the only one not to have had my contract revised.
"If there is a chance for me to stay another year, or two or three, then we shall see.
"Up until now I have had no offers and if it were down to me I would stay here."
With Yaya Toure due to depart for the African Cup of Nations in the coming weeks Edmilson may well be handed his opportunity to earn a new contract by reclaiming his place in front of the back four.
"There are other players, like Rafa (Marquez) and Andres (Iniesta), that can play there too, but I will have to see what happens," he said.
"I feel good. The operation went well and the first three months of recovery were very important and I feel better than last season.
"Now I want to rediscover my rhythm and to play again."