Former Manchester City and Brazil midfielder Elano announced his retirement this week, at the age of 35, following a third spell at his original club Santos.
Elano spent two seasons at City from 2007 until 2009, scoring 18 goals in all competitions, and helping bring an entertaining new style of football as part of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s squad overhaul.
A falling out with Mark Hughes led to the Brazil international joining Turkish giants Galatasaray in 2009 before seeing out his career in Brazil and India.
Elano will become an assistant coach at Santos and according to UOL Esporte, the Brazilian club have an idea on how to send off the free kick specialist as a player.
Santos are ‘studying the idea’ of arranging a friendly against Manchester City during an international break next season. This could see Pep Guardiola’s side fly to Brazil were City bosses to accept, although given the number of players called up by their countries during FIFA breaks, it would be a heavily depleted side.
This could be a difficult friendly to arrange, but UOL Esporte are clear: Santos believe City would be the ideal opponents for Elano’s final match as a footballer and are trying to arrange a match.