Luiz Felipe Scolari: Neymar should have joined Barcelona two years ago
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes that Neymar should have joined Barcelona two years ago, but thinks that he is better off remaining at Santos now.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou, as well as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, over the past few months.
However, Neymar remains rooted in Brazil with his boyhood club, and Felipão thinks that it would be tough to join the Blaugrana now and hopes that the Seleção star stays in his homeland until after World Cup 2014.
He said: "Neymar should have gone to Barca two years ago, but now it is better that he stays at Santos.
"How would he adapt? Would he be by himself? Would he start games? Would he play in this star-studded Barcelona team?
"For the World Cup of 2014 and for Brazil, it is preferable that he does not go right now."
Neymar was named alongside the likes of Kaká, Dante, Dani Alves and Lucas Moura in Scolari’s squad announcement yesterday for friendly games against Italy and Russia this month.