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Fluminense boss praises ex Gunner Wellington Silva

Fluminense manager Levir Culpi has talked up the recent performances of Wellington Silva, following the 23 year old’s recent arrival from Arsenal. Wellington left Fluminense for Arsenal back in 2010, but after a series of loan spells, has rejoined his boyhood club having never played for the Gunners’ first team.

He made a big impression on his debut, a 2-0 Copa do Brasil victory over Ypiranga, where his half-time introduction at 0-0 turned the game in Fluminense’s favour. He then scored a wonderful chip against Ponte Preta in the Brasileirão on Saturday, earning the fulsome praise of his manager Levir Culpi.

“I am surprised to a certain point, because I did not know Wellington,” said Levir. “It is interesting that some players just have that charisma. The supporters have bought into him very quickly. He represents them and he scored a golaços today, so it’s all very good.”

Wellington is from Rio de Janeiro and joined the club at the age of 16. He is almost certain to start in Flu’s next league match at troubled Internacional on Sunday afternoon in the Brasileirão.

 
 

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