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Dede eyes Corinthians switch; Neville confirms Everton exit

Vasco Da Gama defender Dede is reportedly set to leave the club to join 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champions Corinthians.

Vasco Da Gama defender Dede is reportedly set to leave the club to join 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champions Corinthians amid rumoured interest from a number of European powerhouses, including the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sky Sports understands.

Dede, 24, plans to stay in Brazil to boost his hopes of earning a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 2014 World Cup squad.

The 24-year-old centre-half has earned seven international caps for Brazil, having made his debut against Argentina in the Superclásico de las Américas in September 2011.

“Dede wants to play the World Cup and stay in Brazil,” Ubiraci Cardoso, one of Dede’s representatives, told UOL.

“We’ll have more news within the next days. The investors [that own a percentage of Dede's rights] have good relations with Corinthians and that may help. But there is still some distance before the deal can be made official.”

In addition, Giuliano Aranda — another one of Dede’s representatives – told Gazeta Esportiva that Corinthians “is a possibility.”

However, Vasco Da Gama president Roberto Dinamite told Tutto Mercato Web that the player in question wants to stay at the Estádio São Januário until 2014.

“Many clubs are following Dede, but he has a contract with us and he wants to stay until the World Cup, which will be played in Brazil,” said Dinamite.

“A lot is said about Paris Saint Germain and Russia, but I have not received any formal offers that I can look at and evaluate.

“I can say that Dede wants to stay here with us until 2014.”

Dede was awarded the Silver Ball, given to the best centre-back in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A,  by football magazine Placar in 2011.

Neville confirms Everton exit

Everton captain Phil Neville has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.

Neville, 36, has spent the last eight seasons at Goodison Park after joining the Toffees from Manchester United for a reported fee of around £3.5 million in August 2005.

The 36-year-old, whose current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, is one of seven players to reach 500 games in the English Premier League.

“It’s been an honour to play for and captain Everton Football Club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride,” said Neville in a statement on the club’s official website.

“I would like to thank the manager, chairman, all of the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club.

“I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart.

Nonetheless, Neville wants to continue to play at the top level.

The former England international would be a tremendous signing for any newly-promoted side in the top-flight or any club looking to stave-off relegation for that matter.

Tue 9 April, 2013
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