Deco to quit Portugal

Chelsea midfielder Deco has announced his decision to retire from

international football after the 2010 World Cup.

The Brazil-born playmaker has been a regular presence for

Portugal since being granted citizenship in 2002, after six years

of residence in the country.

Deco has, however, decided that he will make himself

unavailable for selection when the World Cup in South Africa comes

to an end.

“I will close my cycle after the World Cup,” he told Radio

Globo.

“Because of my age and because it is tiring, I will say

goodbye to the national team after the World Cup.”

The 32-year-old midfielder has 71 international caps to his

name and helped Portugal reach the final of Euro 2004 and the

semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Deco, who indicated he plans to return to Brazil

at the end of the 2010/11 season, has vowed to help Chelsea win the

Premier League.

“The title for Chelsea will be my professional fulfilment,”

he added.