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Deco not in a hurry to decide where he will play after European Championship

Deco not in a hurry to decide where he will play after European Championship

Fresh from a solid debut at the European Championship, Portugal playmaker Deco is not worrying too much about his club future.
Deco has two years left in his contract with FC Barcelona, but he has already indicated that he wants to leave the Spanish club after a season in which he struggled and was jeered by fans.
The midfielder, who helped Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 in the team's opener Saturday, said he knows that Inter Milan is interested in signing him, but added that "nothing is certain yet."
"I'm not in a hurry," he said Monday. "I'm sure things will be easier after the European tournament. I still need to sign the contract termination with Barcelona, and that takes time."
Deco is leaving Barcelona after his "worst season" since joining the club four years ago. Plagued by injuries, he scored only one goal in 28 matches.
Barcelona club directors have allowed him to negotiate with other teams, and Italy's Inter seems a sure choice for the skillful midfielder after it signed his former FC Porto coach Jose Mourinho.
"It's a coach who has won everywhere he went and I'm sure he will have a lot of success with Inter too," he said.
Deco said he doesn't feel a good performance at the European tournament will necessarily determine for his future.
"My future doesn't depend on the European tournament," he said. "It's a dream, a mission to win it, but for other reasons. I don't have to prove anything to anybody. I will play it for myself, that's it."
With 54 international appearances, the 30-year-old Deco is one of the most experienced players with Portugal. He is one of the three Brazil-born members of the squad, along with central defender Pepe and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Deco performed well in Portugal's victory against the Turks in Geneva and helped create several scoring chances.
"I felt well," he said. "I was fine physically. What I had been missing was rhythm but that will come with more matches."
Deco and Portugal are now preparing for the match against the Czech Republic Wednesday in Geneva. A victory can virtually assure a spot in the quarterfinals and keep the Portuguese on track to reach its second consecutive final in the European tournament.
It finished runner-up to Greece at home in 2004, and two years later it was a World Cup semifinalist in Germany, losing to France in its best showing in more than 40 years.
Deco was barely known in Brazil before venturing into small Portuguese clubs Alverca and Salgueiro. Only then he began attracting the attention of top clubs, eventually moving to FC Porto and Barcelona. He won the Champions League with each of the clubs.
The midfielder said he would be pleased if Portugal teammate Joao Moutinho reaches an agreement to move from Sporting to Barcelona.
"It's a great club and if he is lucky to go I will be happy, without a doubt," Deco said.


Updated : 2021-08-06 06:31 GMT+08:00