FC Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed that Neymar Jr will not feature for Brazil at this summer’s Copa America Centenario being held in the USA.
Neymar had the decision between playing in the Copa America and competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 24 year old who is the captain of Brazil’s national side, has already expressed his desire to represent his country in the Olympics as an overage player. Bartomeu stressed that the club simply can’t allow him to play in both competitions. He said, “It will be impossible to convince us (to release the player twice), we are aware of the importance (of the Copa America), but our view is that players need to have some rest after two strong seasons.” The president of the Cataluña side also went on to say, “We see no problem in Neymar playing at the Olympics, the club would be enchanted, and I would take him if I were the Brazilian manager.”
The attention around Neymar continues with queries about his contract, and whether he will still be a Barca player for the start of the 2016/17 season, with Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain both showing their interest. The Spanish giants have insisted that there is no pressure on the Brazilian ‘poster boy’ to sign a new contract anytime soon, and will allow him to focus on the Olympics over the summer break. Bartomeu also shared his thoughts on the issue saying, “I know we won’t have problems because the player himself has already said he wants to stay. Our plan is to have him here until the end of his career”.