Palmeiras opens door for Diego Souza to play for Corinthians

10:36, May 11, 2010      

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The directory of the Palmeiras soccer team said Monday that star midfielder Diego Souza may soon become a member of archrivals Corinthians.

Souza was deactivated on May 8, just hours before the team's debut in the Brazilian Championship against Vitoria.

Souza became the object of disgust of Palmeiras fans and its organization after he verbally assaulted one of the team's largest fan organizations, and failed to apologize or make any statements regarding the episode.

This caused the team to suspend the player's activity with team, saying that he will no longer play while wearing a Palmeiras jersey.

"Diego Souza's future will be determined by Traffic sports agency. He remains under contract at Palmeiras, but he is expected to leave at any minute. Traffic also made quick deals with other athletes like Keirrison and Henrique. As far as we are concerned, we don't have any problem with Souza leaving to play for Corinthians," said the club's director of soccer Seraphim Del Grande.

Corinthians denies any interest in Souza. However, after the debut victory on Sunday in the Brazilian Championship, head coach Mano Menezes praised him for his style of play and said any coach would love to have a player of his caliber.

He also added that Corinthians is in need of another strong midfielder like Souza due to Douglas' exit from the team. Menezes added that Souza was the best player of the 2009 Brazilian Championship.

"As of today, we don't have any plans of brining in Diego Souza. However, tomorrow is a new day and anything is possible," said the Corinthians director of soccer Mario Gobbi.

Palmeiras recently rejected an offer of nearly 5 million US dollars for Souza from Al-Rayyan of Qatar, saying that they intend on receiving at least 8 million US dollars.

Source:Xinhua

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