Wolfsburg release midfielder

Wolfsburg have released their Brazilian midfielder Josue from

his contract with immediate effect, enabling him to complete a move

to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.

Josue, who was captain of the Wolves when they won the

Bundesliga in 2009, is set to sign a two-year contract with the

Brazilian club when he returns to his homeland this weekend.

“Josue is one of the most successful players Wolfsburg have ever

had and this transfer is an interesting opportunity for him,” said

Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs.

“We would therefore like to make it possible for him because of

the excellent service he has given to Wolfsburg.

“We will remain in contact with Josue and we wish him all the

best for the future.”

The 33-year-old arrived in Wolfsburg in 2007 from Club Sao Paolo

FC and played a total of 164 matches, leading the club to their

first league title in his second season.

“I am leaving with mixed feelings,” said the Brazilian. “On the

one hand, I am pleased with this solution, but on the other hand, I

am also sad to leave Wolfsburg.

“But this transfer is a big challenge for me which I would like

to take. I had a wonderful time with Wolfsburg with highs and

lows.

“I made the breakthrough here and Wolfsburg will always have a

place in my heart. I wish the club all the best and I am convinced

that this team will achieve a lot.”