Chelsea confirm Deco departure

Fluminense claimed on their official website on Saturday that the

32-year-old will sign a two-year contract at the Rio de

Janeiro-based outfit and be officially unveiled on Monday. A club

statement read: “The vice president of Fluminense, Alcides Antunes,

has officially signed Deco from Chelsea. After intense

negotiations, the player, who participated in two World Cups for

the Portugal national team, got his release from the English club

and will sign a two-year contract with the Tricolor. Deco will be

officially presented to the press at 12:30 (local time) on Monday.”

Later on Saturday, Chelsea confirmed the move, saying Deco was

“allowed to leave the club for Brazil last week on compassionate

grounds, ahead of the clubs agreeing a deal. “We wish Deco and his

family well in the future, and thank him for his service to

Chelsea.” Deco, who was born in Brazil, joined Chelsea from

Barcelona in 2008, signed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, but failed to

shine at Stamford Bridge. He won the Champions League twice, with

Barca in 2006 and Porto, under Jose Mourinho, in 2004. He will link

up at Fluminense with old Chelsea team-mate Juliano Belletti.