Newcastle United January target Edmilson of Brazil says he will not be signing a new contract at Barcelona, when his current one expires in June.
The Brazilian international center-back moved to Camp Nou in 2004 and helped them to UEFA Champions League glory in 2006.
However, Edmilson has been dogged by a knee injury which he is currently recovering from and is not expected to return to fitness until later this year, the end of November at the earliest.
Edmilson – recovering from knee surgery in Brazil
The 31-year-old who has been capped 42 times by his country was targeted by both AC Milan and Newcastle during the summer and we think that Sam may have already tied up a deal for the Brazilian in January, as long as he is fully fit then.
But the player himself seems set on regaining his fitness first and foremost. This is what he said today while in Brazil getting fit:
“I am training hard to get physically fit and will be until the end of my contract,” “Personally I know that this is my last season at Barcelona. I want to be able to play again without feeling pain.â€
“I couldn’t show the best of me last year but now I am a little bit better. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to repeat yet at Barcelona the good performance that I had at Lyon.”
“Before the season began, I was approached by the people from Milan – there was a possibility but my knee was not good,”
Weâ€™ll just have to see how Sam plays this one but the big man has already met with the Brazilian and his wife, who were said to be impressed that Sam had made the journey out to Spain to personally discuss a move with them. Edmilson was also reported to be impressed both by Big Sam and his plans for Newcastle.
We hope we see Edmilson on Tyneside in early January, but becasue Edmilson is a top player available for a small fee their will be competition. The Brazilian international can play center back and defensive midfield, and is also tipped to be the Brazilian captain for the next world cup.
What do you think? Let us know â€“ comments very welcome.