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Ederson: Neymar happy at Brazil despite failed Barca return

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Goalkeeper Ederson insists Neymar is “happy” to have linked-up with Brazil team following his failed Barcelona comeback this summer.

Neymar spent the entire summer attempting to seal a stunning return to Barcelona after two years away. However, the Catalan giants couldn’t strike a suitable agreement with the player’s current side Paris Saint-Germain before Monday’s transfer deadline.

Now the 27-year-old is set for another season of football in the French capital unless, of course, Barcelona make another move in the January transfer window.

Nevertheless, Neymar has returned to international duty with Brazil for the first time since his ankle injury against Qatar in June.

Having played no football whatsoever since then, however, it’s uncertain if Brazil coach Tite will start Neymar for Saturday’s friendly against Colombia or Peru four days later.

“We had just one training. And it was yesterday. It was a training session with the ball, so I cannot answer that,” Ederson told reporters in a press conference.

“Of course Neymar is happy. I don’t know if he will play. This is a question that Tite must answer. Because he’s the only person who can answer if he [Neymar] plays or if he does not play.”

The Manchester City number one added: “I see him happy. Any player who wears the Brazilian national team shirt is happy.

“I can’t talk about this summer market because I don’t know what happened. I didn’t follow the news very much. So I don’t know how to answer you about that. but I know that here, in the Brazilian team, he is happy.”

Despite Neymar’s absence this summer, Brazil won the 2019 Copa America in convincing fashion on home soil.

The Selecao are currently in Miami preparing for the friendly with Colombia.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Ederson of Manchester City celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 06, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)