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Gilberto Silva Discusses América Mineiro Connection with Richarlison

Gilberto Silva is remembered for his exploits as a member of Arsenal’s unbeaten title winning squad and for the fact that he played every minute for Brazil during their victorious 2002 World Cup winning campaign.

Everton new boy Richarlison would be delighted to achieve similar feats, but he does already share one tie with Gilberto- they both started their careers at Belo Horizonte club América Mineiro in Brazil.

Gilberto told Everton’s website that it is a good environment for young Brazilian talent to flourish, “AMG is the third club in Minas Gerais. Their aim is to produce players and give them valuable experience.

“Their history shows they have developed many players who went on to the national team. In the past there was Eder (one of the stars of Brazil’s beguiling 1982 World Cup team) and myself, then later Fred (the former Lyon striker who won 39 caps) and Danilo, who is now at Manchester City.

“Although AMG are the third force in the state, they cannot compete economically with the big two, Atletico and Cruzeiro, so their model is to sell when the time is right for the club and player.

When you move from AMG to a bigger rival, you have more players to compete with, more supporters to satisfy and a different structure to get used to. I had to consider those things and it would have been the same for Richarlison.

“But it was our dream because we wanted to take the next big step in our careers. AMG is a great place to start because you get your opportunity to play. The supporters would prefer to keep the best players, of course, but they understand the reality.”


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