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World Cup winner Denilson released by Palmeiras

Palmeiras have released World Cup-winning midfielder Denilson, who wants to return to Europe.

Denilson, 31, spent one season with the Verdao, helping the club clinch the Campeonato Paulista title, but his contract has not been renewed.

Once the most expensive player on the planet, Denilson said the decision to release him was made entirely by Palmeiras but that he has plenty of offers already.

"Football does not end with Palmeiras," he told gazetasportiva.net.

"I am going to continue playing. The decision was not mine, but the club's.

"Palmeiras have the right to do what they did and I am not in pain or anything like that. I have a clean conscience as I did my job and I would return to the side if I have the chance."

Denilson moved to Palmeiras after a disappointing spell in Major League Soccer with FC Dallas, and his career has drifted in recent years, a long way from the days when Real Betis paid a then-record £21.5million to prise him away from Sao Paulo in 1998.

Spells with Flamengo, Bordeaux and Al-Nasr followed, but despite his dip in fortunes, Denilson claims top clubs in Europe are interested in signing him now.

"I want to play in Europe, but I am not in a rush," he said.

"I have received proposals from England, Greece, Turkey and Germany. I am studying them.

"I understand that this is the time to return to European football, but if I am not convinced by any offer I hope to continue in Brazil, where there are also clubs interested in me."

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