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Shakhtar icon Taison in talks over Internacional return

Shakhtar Donetsk star Taison has confirmed he could return to Internacional next year.

In an interview with journalist Luciano Potter on Colorado Sagrado, the midfielder said talks are now underway about a deal.

“This week we had a conversation, a meeting – my manager, my lawyer, and the people of Inter,” said Taison. “And we are talking. Hopefully it can have a happy ending this time.”

Taison, 32, has been with Shakhtar since 2013 and the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan have shown interest over the years.

His time in the Ukraine will soon come to an end, with the Brazil international saying he has rejected a new two-year deal.

Taison has received offers from Italy, China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but he is determined to rejoin Internacional.

He added: “I am not thinking of staying in these parts, but of returning home. I have already talked with friends and family. They tell me everything that is going on, but it’s what I want.

“I came to Ukraine at the age of 21. I arrived scared, thinking I would return to Inter after a year. And I have been here for 11 years.

“I have no complaints with Shakhtar, but the time has come [to leave] and I’ve informed them. I said I have a lot of respect for them, but will not sign. They already know I won’t be part of the team next year.”

Home is where the heart is

Taison is free to sign a pre-contract at the end of this year and hopes a deal can be struck with Internacional.

He joined the Brazilian side in 2004, rising through their academy and making his first team debut in 2009.

After being linked with a host of European clubs, he moved to Ukraine with Metalist Kharkiv in 2010.

Then in January 2013, he joined Shakhtar where he has become a star, impressing not only domestically but in the Champions League.

Taison’s form for Shakhtar led to a Brazil call-up in 2016 and he has since won eight caps, scoring one goal for the Selecao.

Now he hopes to wind down his career back where it all started.

“This time it is much, much closer,” he said. “In two months I will be able to sign a pre-contract. So we are very close to making that happen.”

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