Neymar claims he wants to mentor new Brazil star

Date published: Friday 16th November 2018 9:33

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Brazil captain Neymar believes he can aid the development of Everton forward Richarlison.

Richarlison broke into his country’s national team in August after moving to Goodison Park from Watford for a reported £40million.

The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for his country and is set to be involved against Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar, who has hit 59 goals in 94 caps, is keen to aid his compatriot’s development.

“Everybody knows that Richarlison is a really great player and a really nice guy,” said Neymar.

“He has this trick to solve matches, to play well in great matches as he is doing now for Everton.

“I expect him to grow up, to keep developing in his career.

“I hope I can help him to achieve his goals and to help inside the pitch and even outside the pitch, as a friend, as a colleague.

“And if he is as smart as he is showing he is, he will try to keep working well to be a really great player in the future.”

Richarlison celebrated his first Brazil goal in September’s 5-0 win over El Salvador – by performing a pigeon dance with Neymar.

Neymar, who was accompanied by his young son at Thursday’s press conference, admitted he is under pressure to repeat the celebration against South American rivals Uruguay.

“My son already asked me and Richarlison to do the dance of the bird – the pigeon – in the next match,” he added.

Richarlison started strongly in the Premier League after joining Watford from Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense in 2017.

He managed five goals during his first four months of action in England before fading away and not scoring for the rest of the season.

After being reunited with coach Marco Silva on Merseyside, his form has been revitalised, with six goals in 10 league fixtures this term.

Brazil coach Tite has been impressed with Richarlison’s mental strength, while assistant Cleber Xavier praised the influence of Toffees manager Silva and a healthy relationship between club and country.

“He grew up in Brazil very fast, he rushed many things and we could see that he had a potential since he was a boy,” said Tite, whose team also play Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.

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“He’s really strong in his mind. This is something he showed us playing in America (friendlies against the United States and El Salvador) and in Brazil, also for Fluminense and Watford.

“He’s really a great player.”

Coach Xavier added: “Marco Silva is really important in his career because he brought him to Watford and now he brought him to Everton.

“That is something which is really good for us because we exchange information from the team and the national team.

“He was used for Watford and Everton as a winger and here we were using him as a centre-forward and now he’s doing the same for Everton.

“This is really good and Marco Silva is one of the most important guys to develop his career.”


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