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Chelsea's Alex keen on Santos return

Chelsea defender Alex has revealed he would love to head back to former club Santos after handing in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year old Brazilian centre-back joined the Blues from Santos back in 2004 but is looking to leave Southwest London with a return to Sao Paulo high on his agenda despite the fact he would have to take a significant wage cut.

"My first option will be Santos, but it depends on a lot of things. First, on a proposal from the club, it isn't just my decision," Alex told Terra.

"The biggest problem is that I still have a year-and-a-half on my Chelsea contract, it will be difficult to get released. If I had less time on the contract a return to Brazil would be easier.

"I have been aware of it (the wage cut) since I asked for the transfer. I know that if I go back to Brazil the salary will not be the same, it will be tough to keep it even close.

"But that is not an issue for me, players who go back know they will lose out financially."

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