Sao Paulo have snapped up Atletico Madrid midfielder Paulo Assuncao.

Assuncao has gained a release from his contract at Atletico.

He said "I've experienced the best moments of my career at Atletico, winning three European titles.

"I'll always remember my time at Atletico. I hope they do very well this season and achieve their objectives."

He added: "I'm really excited about returning to Brazil and hope I can continue showing what I can do."