Josue joins Atletico Mineiro after Wolfsburg release

The former Selecao star has signed for the Brazilian club on a free transfer after the club he spent over five-and-a-half years at decided to let him leave

Atletico Mineiro have signed up defensive midfielder Josue on a free transfer after Wolfsburg allowed him to terminate his contract ahead of its expiry in June.

The 33-year-old, who picked up 28 caps for Brazil between 2007 and 2010, will be landing in the country in the next couple of days to link up with his new team-mates, including former Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

Josue left South American shores in 2007, when he joined Wolfsburg from Sao Paulo having spent two years at the Brazilian giants after arriving from Goias.

The return to his native country comes after nearly six years with the Bundesliga giants, with a league title triumph in 2008-09 arguably the pinnacle of his time at die Wolfe.

Dieter Hecking’s side currently sit 13th in the top tier of German football and Josue has not been a regular, and with the player’s contract expiry looming, the club evidently decided to release him early.

Josue will be hoping he can help replicate the success he enjoyed in his spell at Sao Paulo, where he helped win two Brasilerao titles, a Copa Libertadores trophy and Club World Cup success.