Edmilson looks beyond Barca

Brazilian admits he will not be staying at Camp Nou

Edmilson: No new Barca deal

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Newcastle target Edmilson admits he will not be signing a new contract at Barcelona.

The Brazilian international moved to Camp Nou in 2004 and helped them to UEFA Champions League glory in 2006.

However, his time with the Catalan giants has been dogged by injury, including two serious knee ligament problems - one which ruled him out of the 2006 World Cup finals.


He is currently recovering from a summer operation on his knee and is not expected to return to fitness until January.

The 31-year-old was targeted by both AC Milan and Newcastle in the summer and English sources continue to suggest that he could move to Tyneside as early as January.

But the player himself seems set on regaining his fitness first.


"I am training hard to get physically fit and will be until the end of my contract," he told the media in Brazil.

"Personally I know that this is my last season at Barcelona. I want to be able to play again without feeling pain.

"I couldn't show the best of me last year but now I am a little bit better. Unfortunately I haven't been able to repeat yet at Barcelona the good performance that I had at Lyon."

Edmilson confirmed that he was close to joining Milan in the summer.

"Before the season began, I was approached by the people from Milan - there was a possibility but my knee was not good," he admitted.

Eto'o boost

Meanwhile, Barca striker Samuel Eto'o has been granted a Spanish passport.

La Liga rules state that clubs can only have three non-EU players in their squads.

Barca now only have one non-EU player in their squad, Yaya Toure, as both Ronaldinho and Giovani dos Santos were also granted Spanish citizenship earlier this year.