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Also there was no mention of Denilson. Who is supposed to be a fantastic defensive midfielder. Captain of the Brazilian U21s doesn't come easily I'm sure. I also agree that during Gilbertos transition out (touch wood later rather than sooner) will give Diaby plenty of time to be the finished article.
The way Gilberto plays he should have a few years yet. Makelele has played into his thirties, and seemed to play his best at 30-32, although now he's looking a bit older. Gilberto's only 29, isnt he? Hopefully it will be more of a case of Diaby, Denilson and Song just getting better than Gilberto ever was and forcing him out of the squad.