Arsenal loanee Denilson dreaming of Libertadores with São Paulo
On loan at São Paulo from Premier League side Arsenal, midfielder Denilson is hoping to follow up Copa Sudamericana success with the 2013 Copa Libertadores title.
Denilson, 24, returned to his childhood club on loan in June 2011 and, following a slow start, has formed a strong partnership with colleague Wellington at the base of the club's midfield.
Having been a non-playing part of the São Paulo side that won the Club World Cup in 2005, before departing for England as the side went on to win the 2006 league title, Denilson admits he is grateful to play a major role in a title success for the Paulista side.
“They were important titles that influenced my life, but I didn't play at the Club World Cup and I left early in the Brasileirão season,” Denilson told Gazeta Esportiva.
“I had a great desire to win the title. I emerged at this club and had a chance to repay what São Paulo gave me. The Sudamericana was very important for me. It's a title that will be stored in my heart forever.
“The mission was completed, but now I want more. I'm sure that São Paulo are capable of winning many titles in 2013 and I will work hard for that. Winning the Libertadores would be a dream and I hope to achieve this goal also.”
Denilson's loan contract at São Paulo will expire in June 2013, with the player still unsure of what his future holds.