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Chelsea midfielder Deco in talks with Fluminense

Chelsea midfielder Deco
Deco could soon be waving his last goodbyes to the Chelsea fans

Chelsea midfielder Deco has held talks with Fluminense over a return to his native Brazil next season.

"There's a strong possibility [of a move to Fluminense] but at the moment I can't confirm anything because I have a contract with Chelsea," he said.

Deco, 32, who plays for Portugal having obtained Portuguese citizenship in 2002, added: "I'm only going to decide after the World Cup."

He has already indicated he will end his international career this summer.

Deco, who will join up with the Portugal squad on Wednesday, added: "I'm not coming [back to Brazil] to end my career, I'm coming to play.

"I believe I have a few more good years to play at a high level."


Deco, who has a year left on his contract with Chelsea, won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and Barcelona in 2006.

He joined Chelsea in June 2008 when Luiz Felipe Scolari, his former coach with the Portugal team, was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

However, he has struggled for first-team chances due to injuries and patchy form, and missed their recent Premier League and FA Cup Double celebrations.

Deco helped Portugal reach the Euro 2004 final and the 2006 World Cup semi-finals.

They face Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea in Group G at the 2010 finals in South Africa starting on 11 June.

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Chelsea sign Barca playmaker Deco
30 Jun 08 |  Chelsea

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