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Chelsea's Deco to quit Portugal after 2010 World Cup

Chelsea midfielder Deco
Deco joined Chelsea from Spanish giants Barcelona in 2008

Chelsea's Portuguese playmaker Deco is to retire from international football after this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 32-year-old told Radio Globo: "I will end my cycle after the World Cup.

"For my age and because it is tiring, I will say goodbye to the national team after the World Cup."

Deco won titles in Portugal and Spain with FC Porto and Barcelona respectively before moving to Chelsea in a deal worth £8 million in 2008.

The midfielder, who has enjoyed a successful career for both club and country, added that the prospect of winning the Premier League this season would be his "professional fulfilment.".

606: DEBATE

He scored on his international debut as Portugal beat the country of his birth, Brazil, 2-1 in 2002 and has won 71 caps to date, playing a key part in helping Portugal reach the Euro 2004 final and the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.



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