Chelsea's out-of-favor attacking midfielder Deco has confirmed that he will return to his native Brazil this summer, the reasons being his wish to run the school that he has set up in his native country.
The announcement signals the end of an unimpressive two-year spell for Deco at Stamford Bridge that saw him unable to seal a permanent place on the Blues' first team.
Anderson Luís de Souza or Deco, as he is commonly referred to, was the first signing that Luiz Felipe Scolari made after taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge. Scolari signed him from Barcelona for £8 million in 2008.
After a few impressive performances for the Blues' at the early half of the season he lost out on first team action after a string of poor performances and also as a result of Scolari's sacking. Thereafter, he has failed to seal a permanent place for himself in the Blues' squad.
At the start of the 2009-10 season, Deco expressed his desire to leave Chelsea citing lack of first-team play as the reason. But after discussions with new manager Carlo Ancelotti, he agreed to stay at Bridge.
He was a consistent performer for the Blues during the first half of the season. But injuries forced him to the bench and since then he has failed to secure a permanent place for himself in the team after his return from injury.
He has only made 18 league appearances for the West London outfit this season and has been overlooked for first team selections in major matches also.
Deco's decision was expected sooner or later. Chelsea are poised to replacing their aging players with younger ones this summer and Deco, along with a host of other older players like Ballack and Ferreira, are expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Brazilian-born midfielder had announced in February that he would retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this summer.
Deco's recent revelation about his desire to leave Chelsea this summer will surely create a flutter in the Brazilian clubs who are looking forward to signing him.
Brazilian club Fluminese, who have been in the race to sign Deco for quite a long time, now are the favorites to land the Portuguese international.
But with other Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Flamingo also interested in the aging hero, Chelsea can use the the growing interest for Deco as an opportunity to recover a major portion of the £8 million transfer fee they had shelved out for Deco.
With the new FA regulations, making it compulsory to have at least eight home-grown players in any club and also trimming the maximum number of squad players to 25, coming into effect next season the Blues' fans may see some of their aging stars make the move away from London.
Letting go off Deco will be a good move for "The Pensioners" as they can utilise the proceeds from his sale to fund some major signings that are planned this summer.
The highly-rated midfielders Angel Di Maria or Franck Ribery, who have been linked with a move to Chelsea, would be much better replacements for the Portuguese playmaker.
So these last two weeks may well be the last days for Deco at West London before he heads off to his native country of Brazil.