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By ESPN Staff

Zaragoza's Savio to return to Brazil next season

MADRID, April 20 (Reuters) - Real Zaragoza's Brazilian forward Savio says he will be leaving the club to return home at the end of the season for personal reasons.

'I want and have to return to Brazil,' the 32-year-old former international told the Zaragoza website on Thursday.

'It is something I've been thinking about for some time now and it has been a difficult decision but the time has come for me to sort out the personal problems that everyone is aware of.'

Savio said that the death of his father last November and the need to spend more time with his mother had prompted his decision to return to his home country after nine seasons in Europe.

The winger left Brazil when he joined Real Madrid from Flamengo in 1997 and spent five seasons at the Spanish club before joining Girondins Bordeaux.

He signed for Zaragoza in 2003 and played an important role in their victory over Real Madrid in the 2004 final of the King's Cup. He was under contract to the club until 2007.

The player said he would be happy to return to his former club Flamengo but that he had not yet signed an agreement with anyone.