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Hulk reiterates Palmeiras desire but expects Shanghai stay

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Hulk unlikely to move to Palmeiras before the end of his contract at Shanghai

Hulk has reiterated his desire to play for Palmeiras but admitted it will be difficult for him to leave Shanghai SIPG.

The Brazilian left his native country in 2005 and had stints with Japanese clubs Kawasaki Frontale and Tokyo Verdy, Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg before heading to the Chinese Super League in 2016.

Hulk scored 13 goals as Shanghai SIPG won the CSL in 2018 but has dismissed claims that he could join the Brazil champions next year.

The 32-year-old was a part of Brazil’s 2013 Confederations Cup winning team and also played a major role in the Selecaos’ 2014 World Cup campaign on their home soil which ended in the last four. Despite boasting of a prolific goalscoring record at Zenit and Shanghai, he was overlooked by Tite for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“There is always speculation about me and Palmeiras, precisely because of the affection I have for the team and I have made it clear I identify with Palmeiras,” Hulk told reporters.

“It is a wish and desire of mine to return to play in Brazil, but it’s something that is a bit complicated to happen at the moment.

“I have two more years of my contract to see out at my club and I’m happy in China.”

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