Arsenal allow Wellington Silva to rejoin Fluminense on permanent deal
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 18/07/16 11:23pm
Wellington Silva has left Arsenal to rejoin Brazilian side Fluminense on a four-year deal without making an appearance for the Premier League club.
The winger joined Arsenal in 2010 and spent his first five seasons on loan in Spain as he was unable to claim a work permit to play in England.
After temporary spells with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almeria, Silva received his permit at the start of 2015-16 and got his first taste of senior football in England when he joined Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan.
The 23-year-old made 22 Sky Bet Championship appearances for Bolton, scoring twice, but spent more than two months on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
He said: "I am very happy. I want to thank Fluminense for this opportunity after so long to go back, I'm eager to start. I am very anxious, really it is like the first time.
"[My] Desire to return has always existed. When I learned that it was possible I was nervous for 10 days. I am very happy and I have no words to thank. Now I have to train and get on to the field as quickly as possible."