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Batista pleased with Denilson debut

Denilson (centre) recently joined Sao Paulo on loan from Arsenal
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New Sao Paulo coach Adilson Batista was pleased with the 'second' debut of recent signing Denilson, and said the midfielder can become a key figure in the side.

Denilson was presented as a Sao Paulo player last week, having joined on loan from Arsenal. The 23-year-old has returned to the Brazilian club after five years in England, and played in the 2-2 draw against Atletico Goianiense on Saturday.


He asked to be substituted after 67 minutes due to fatigue and was replaced by Rodrigo Caio, but Batista says this is down to being with Arsenal in their pre-season tour of China shortly before making the move to Brazil.


"It is normal for him to ask to come off," said Batista. "He is still adapting to the time zone, and he has been waking up at dawn in the past few days. I think that he made a good contribution to the game and he will be a very important player over the rest of the season."


Denilson started his career with Sao Paulo, winning the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup, but was never a regular in the first team. In 2006 he joined Arsenal for £3.4 million, although in his five years with the club he was again not considered a key player.


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