Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari releases statement denying he's asked Barcelona not to play Neymar against Atlético Madrid
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has released a statement denying he's asked Barcelona not to play Neymar against Atlético Madrid.
The veteran tactician insists that contrary to reports, he is keen for Neymar to be selected and hopes Barcelona secure the win they need to be La Liga champions.
“I don’t just want him to play, I want Barça to be champions,” Scolari said in a statement released by the Brazilian Football Association [CBF].
“Winning the League would improve his morale and his confidence, and with that the Brazilian team would also benefit.
“In addition, him playing would mean that he would be able to come into our squad with more match fitness.
“The reports, as well as incorrect, are in complete opposition to the true thoughts of the Brazilian Coach and his staff.”
Neymar, who joined Barcelona from Santos in May 2013 for a reported fee of €87.2 million, has been hampered by injury and inconsistent form in his first season in Spain. The 22 year-old's netted just nine goals in 25 La Liga appearances.