Dedé: Brazilian Expert On What He'd Bring To Chelsea...
In the beginning of 2012, Vasco da Gama's Dedé was in the Brazilian national team, boasted as the best defender in the country and known as Neymar's biggest rival. After an injury and a series of secretive rows with his club, he has become a problem. A problem Liverpool and Manchester United might be interested in.
Before he spent sometime in the sidelines due to a small fracture, 24-year-old Dedé challenged Chelsea's David Luiz for a place in the starting lineup of Brazil. His tackling and his air game surely seemed better than the Blues' man, yet he lacks the same skills with the ball on his feet. He seems to have everything else.
Still his best days were in 2011, when Vasco won the Brazilian Cup and were runner-ups in the Brazilian league. Dedé was the bedrock of their defence. A slender and fast defender, which is terrible for Neymar, he can also be very powerful when it comes to stopping centre forwards like Sao Paulo's Luis Fabiano.
Last year Real Madrid and Bayern Munich took a look at him. In the beginning of 2013, he was linked with Fifa Club World Cup champions Corinthians. Vasco didn't want their icon playing in Brazil, but there so many people involved with Dedé's rights that it was their only option until recently. Until the English came.
Brazilians who were proud of keeping their starlets at home in recent years now want World Cup hopefuls to get more experience in Europe. If Dedé moves to England, make no mistake, his first season shouldn't be promising - his main concern is to play the football extravaganza at home.
Still it could prove a good bet to make. If Dedé feels confident again after the injury and builds on his foundations, Chelseawill have a world-class defender for the next five years or so.