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Sao Paulo have not given up hope of extending Denilson's loan spell from Arsenal despite the Premier League club's desire for the midfielder to return to London.

Denilson headed to Brazil last summer on a year-long loan deal and, although Sao Paulo then wanted to make the move permanent, they could not afford the €6 million transfer fee.

The midfielder showed signs of rediscovering his form in his homeland and Sao Paulo are eager to keep him at the club through an extension to his loan.

Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told Globo Esporte: "Arsenal's staff want him to return but we are waiting for [director of football] Adalberto Baptista to have talks with them. Maybe we will manage to extend the loan for six more months or even another year."

Asked about Arsenal's view on Denilson, De Jesus Lopes added: "They liked his performances, they liked Denilson's development. That's why they want him to return."

Denilson himself has expressed a desire to remain at Sao Paulo, the club where he began his career.

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