Neymar is presently taking part in the Copa America with Brazil.© AFP
Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar, the world’s most costly footballer, is not going to play for Brazil on the Tokyo Olympics, however veteran Daniel Alves did make the squad introduced Thursday. Neymar’s PSG teammate Marquinhos, who additionally landed a gold medal in Rio 5 years in the past, is one other title not on coach Andre Jardine’s checklist. Former Barcelona star Alves, now with Sao Paulo, missed the continuing Copa America owing to a knee damage. Jardine is hoping his skilled defender will likely be slot in time to tackle 2016 overwhelmed finalists Germany on July 22.
Two French-based gamers who will compete in Japan are Bruno Guimaraes of Lyon and Marseille new signing Gerson.
Brazilian media say Neymar did ask if he may be made obtainable however the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) mentioned he must be glad with the Copa for this yr.
The 29-year-old scored the profitable penalty kick within the gold medal sport on the Maracana 5 years in the past.
“Neymar is our reference point .. a great leader of the national team and we would like to be able to count on him. But we couldn’t,” admitted CBF coordinator Branco because the squad was named.
He conceded it was tough to count on any participant to double up for each tournaments after which head off to affix pre-season membership commitments and wished the star luck in touchdown Copa glory.
Neymar was on Thursday the second worldwide celebrity to be dominated out of the Olympics after tennis nice Rafael Nadal, the 2008 gold medallist, mentioned he would skip Tokyo to deal with getting ready for the US Open.
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