Villareal has announced on its official website that the club has reached an agreement with Barcelona defensive midfielder José Edmílson (31), whose contract with Barcelona expires in June.
Edmílson will sign for two years and will be officially presented at a press conference on Monday. Over the last months Edmílson had also been linked with Betis, Besiktas and Júbilo Iwata. Less than one month ago, the first rumours about an upcoming agreement with Villareal were spread. Last Friday those rumours were confirmed when the Brazilian midfielder underwent a medical.
At an emotional press conference this morning, Edmílson said goodbye to Barcelona: "I want to thank the socios and everyone that has been supporting me. I'm sad that I'm leaving but I'm happy for the four years I spend here. I have lived a dream in a club that is indeed 'more than a club'. In those four years I have tried to do the best I could. The injuries have not helped me a lot, but I only take good memories with me. Of great people, a great atmosphere and an impressive city."
Referring to his 'black sheep' statement of last season, when he pointed at some team members as not being enough involved with the club, Edmílson said: "I hope the people will not remember me for that bomb declaration, but for the person I am. I want to return to Barcelona one day with my head up high."
José Edmílson came to Barcelona in the summer of 2004, arriving from French champions Olympique Lyon. Also due to injuries he never became a key figure of the team. His best season was 2005-2006, playing the Champions League final in Paris. In four seasons with Barcelona he won two Spanish league titles in 2005 and 2006, two Spanish super cups in 2005 and 2006 and one Champions League in 2006.
1994 - 2000 : São Paulo (Bra)
2000 - 2004 : Olympique Lyon (Fra)
2004 - 2008 : Barcelona (Spa)
2008 - (2010) : Villareal (Spa)
1995 - 2006 : Brazilian national team
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