Chelsea utility man Juliano Belletti will be offered the chance to return to Brazil in the summer after Flamengo failed in their attempts to sign him this month, the Daily Mail reports.
The South American club will now renew their interest in the attacking full-back when his contract expires in June.
The versatile player, who has also performed in midfield in his time in West London, arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2007 after leaving Barcelona. He has proved to be a popular figure in his time in England, scoring some notable long range strikes in the process. This year, though, he has struggled for first team action, making just 13 starts in all competitions.
Belletti became the latest football star to inform the world of his situation via Twitter, claiming that Chelsea are not prepared to let him leave until the expiration of his contract.
On Tuesday, the 33-year-old said on his web-page: “Chelsea FC said that they are not going to release me before the end of my contract, which expires in June 2010.”
This came as a bitter blow to Flamengo who were hoping to sign the Brazilian international in time for the Copa Libertadores – South America’s biggest competition.
They are said to be drawing up an 18-month contract for Belletti with the club’s vice-president Marcos Braz saying: ‘For now, Belletti cannot come, but we are still interested.
‘I understand the position of Chelsea, who have lost several players to national teams,’ said Braz. ‘But he can be hired at another time.’
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