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Sao Paulo blocking Wellington move

August 28, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Sao Paulo midfielder and Inter Milan target Wellington has reaffirmed his wish to move to Europe, although his club vice-president is blocking his exit.

Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri says the team are only starting their journey.
GettyImagesInter coach Walter Mazzarri has prioritised signing a new central midfielder.

Inter have been linked with the 22-year-old, who recently told Italy’s Sky television that it was his "dream" to play for the Nerazzurri, and he has now repeated his desire to move to Europe.

"I dream of playing in Europe. I’m delighted that clubs are interested in me, and they are big clubs, not just any old club," Wellington said. "But I don’t decide. It’s God’s will. My agents are talking to San Paulo to try to resolve the situation.

"Thanks to God, I have official offers and I’m delighted because my work is being recognised abroad, by big clubs."

However, divine intervention is not going to lead Wellington to Milan, according to Sao Paulo’s vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes.

"As he himself has said, God is above everything, but I’m Jesus and I’m saying that he’s not going anywhere," he told Brazil’s Terra website.

"He’s a first choice player, a regular and he’s very important to all of us, not only for his qualities as a footballer, but also for his qualities as a person."

A new central midfielder is one of Inter coach Walter Mazzarri’s biggest priorities following the departures of Dejan Stankovic and Walter Gargano and while Javier Zanetti is out with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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