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Cleiton Xavier confirms Brazilian interest

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Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Cleiton Xavier has confirmed to the Brazilian media that he has received enquiries ahead of the 2013 season, following reports linking him with Paulista giants Santos and Palmeiras.

Cleiton Xavier, 29, has just 18 months remaining on his contract in Ukraine and admits that he would like to return home if the chance were to arise.

However, given his good form in a Metalist shirt, he confirmed that the club are unwilling to release him ahead of time.

“I'm fine. I'm in my second season and I hope it'll be better than the first,” Taison told Globo Esporte. “I always live in the hope that each year will be better than the last.

“I still have two more years on my contract, but I was told of the interest from Palmeiras and Santos. I have left it to my agent—he is sorting these things. He went there, but unfortunately I will not be allowed to leave

"Brazilian football is getting a lot better. I hope to return, but my future is in God's hands."

Before leaving for Ukraine in 2010, Cleiton Xavier played for CSA, Internacional, Sport, Brasiliense, Figueirense and Palmeiras, making a name for himself in the Brazilian game.

Having starred for Metalist in the Europa League, earning a nomination for the Samba Gold trophy 2011 and 2012, the playmaker also spoke of his desire to make a mark with the Brazil national team.

“The national team is a consequence of your work and everyone is working for this. If we work well, opportunities will come,” he added. “We are on the cusp of the World Cup, so I know that it will be complicated because there is not much time. But, it costs nothing to try!”

The midfielder was briefly called up to the National Team by manager Dunga for a World Cup qualifier against Chile ahead of the 2010 competition.

Source: Globo Esporte


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