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São Paulo coach upset with Lucas Moura's Brazil call-up

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São Paulo coach Emerson Leao has admitted he would do anything to prevent Lucas Moura from playing for Brazil in an international friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the end of the month.

Lucas' call-up to Mano Menezes' squad has meant he will miss São Paulo's Campeonato Paulista clash against arch-rivals Palmeiras on the 26th February.

''This is bad news. I'll do anything for him not to go, but he deserves his call-up,'' Leão said.

''I think the timing of this call-up is unpleasant. I will lose an important player for a game that's worth nothing. Before cheering for Brazil, I am the coach of São Paulo.''

Meanwhile, whilst Lucas' coach is upset with the news, the player himself was delighted with the call-up. The 19-year-old said:

''To play for the Selecão is an honour. I want to wear the shirt as many times as possible.''

Brazil will play Bosnia & Herzegovina on the 28th February at the AFG arena in Switzerland.


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