Elano happy to be home

Brazilian midfielder Elano said his decision to return to former club Santos was an easy one.

The former Manchester City player said he always wanted to return to his native land to help Santos win silverware, especially the Copa Libertadores.

“I really wanted to come back to Brazil, and there were two concrete possibilities – Flamengo and Santos. Santos is my house. I made history here and that was a factor,” he said.

“It’s very gratifying to be able to come back, and have this new generation of excellent players. Santos are a team that always moves forward. The kids don’t want to defend, just attack, and attack a lot, like the 2002 team (Campeonato Brasiliero-winning season).”

“My first objective is the Campeonato Paulista, because it’s our first competition. Consequently, it will be a preparation for the Campeonato Brasileiro and the Libertadores, but of course the Libertadores is our main focus.”

“I got close to the title in 2003 and I want it on my CV, it’s very important. I want to prove to Mano (Menezes) that I came back to be closer to the national team and hopefully he will give me a chance. I think I have more to offer the national team. I can be happy there, I can still play.”

Elano, 29, said he felt he was squeezed out of the City side in 2009 when new owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the English Premier League club. He moved to Galatasary before returning to him homeland in November 2010.

“I had a marvellous time in England, and in my first year I scored 16 goals in the Premier League. Then there were those problems, there was a new president, a new coach, and a bunch of new players,” he said.

“What was I going to do there? Have a hard time, and have to prove myself all over again? Play one game and be out for two? Not me, I want to always play.”