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The player's club passed up the chance to purchase the last 10% of his rights, meaning that the investors now hold a majority stake in Ganso's contract

Santos have confirmed that investment group DIS have completed the controversial purchase of Ganso's contract rights, after declining to take up the opportunity to buy the 10 per cent that was previously held by the player.

The investors now own 55% of the Brazil international, who had caused controversy during the Club World Cup when he stated that the deal was finalised. Santos could have taken a majority stake by exercising their first option on the percentage, but did not wish to spend the €2 million [£1.6m] that was necessary to make the transaction.

Speaking on Monday, club vice-president Odilio Rodrigues Filho confirmed the deal had taken place between Ganso and DIS, but denied that it would have any impact on the player's future at Vila Belmiro.

"[The offer] was put on the table and declined today. When we release a statement the motives will become clear, but this does not mean that we want Ganso to leave," the official told Lance.

"We just did not see the need to buy the 10% of the rights. We will have him for our centenary year and this does not change anything."

The 22-year-old playmaker is yet to commit his future to the Peixe, having previously stated that he would wait until after the Club World Cup to begin talks over a new contract.

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