Brazilian side Palmeiras have confirmed they have contacted midfielder Alex de Souza after the player canceled his contract with Fenerbahce.
The 35-year-old decided to leave the Turkish giants after eight years at the club when coach Aykut Kocaman relegated him to the reserves and has thus become a free agent.
Despite being in the late stage of his career, Alex is still held in high regard, especially in his native Brazil and he is widely expected to return to South America.
His former club Palmeiras has expressed interest in signing the veteran midfielder and they hope to win the race for the player’s signature.
“I spoke to him (Alex). Everyone knows the affection he has for Palmeiras, and the affection he has for the club,” Palmeiras football manager Cesar Sampaio told club’s official website.
“Other clubs and people have also contacted him. Palmeiras also positioned itself and made the interest official.”
Alex de Souza made a name for himself at Palmeiras, scoring 74 goals in 141 league appearances for the club, while earning an iconic status during the eight years at Fenerbahce.
It just so happened that the Brazilian left the Turkish club just few weeks after Fenerbahce fans had erected him a statue in Istanbul.