Wellington eyes Seleção after impressing since return
São Paulo midfielder Wellington has set his sights on earning a place in the Brazil national team after impressing since his return from a long-term knee injury in recent weeks.
Wellington, 21, has formed a formidable partnership in midfield with Arsenal loanee Denilson, with São Paulo conceding just five goals in 12 matches since his return - the lowest in the league over the period by some margin.
The combative midfielder, whose economic rights are 30% owned by Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk, believes his injury absence has given him increased motivation to improve and achieve his dream of a place in the Brazil national team.
"I suffered a lot watching them needing my help, particularly in the Copa do Brasil," Wellington told Lancenet! "I was helpless because I couldn't walk.
"Before the games I always think of that time on the sidelines and it gives me extra motivation when I'm tired.
"It's going well but when you think there is nothing to improve you begin to err. My objectives are not just to win three, six or nine points. I hope to win titles for São Paulo and go to a World Cup. To achieve this you have to do better than most and that's what I'm looking to do.
"I'm ready. I'm ready to play for São Paulo and for the national team. I was the captain of the Under-20 side before injury and if the call comes, I will give my best. I take life one step at a time, there is no point trying to climb two."
Wellington had been considered a strong candidate for a spot in the country's Olympic squad before injury, but will now look to finish a difficult year on a positive note by helping São Paulo to a top four finish in the Brasileirão.