Neymar to play in 2016 Olympics?

Barcelona forward Neymar could play for Brazil in the 2016 Olympics, to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

The Olympic team Coach, Alexandre Gallo, has suggested that Neymar should be called up in an effort to win gold, the set target of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Brazil have never landed Olympic gold, taking silver in London 2012, when they were beaten in the final by Mexico.

Gallo told Globosporte that he would like to see Neymar in the Olympics squad, taking a tongue-in-cheek stance to make his point.

“If Neymar isn’t there, then the Coach isn’t,” he said, laughing, according to Mundo Deportivo.

“The best players need to be in the main competitions,” he added.

Should Neymar appear at the Olympics then he would likely miss the Copa America, to be played the same summer.

The 2016 Copa America will mark 100 years of the South American federation, CONMEBOL, and is scheduled to run between June 3 and June 26. The Olympics football tournament starts on August 3.

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