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Tite: “Neymar is happy in the Brazil squad”

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Brazil boss Tite insists Neymar is happy representing the national team amid his difficult circumstances with Paris Saint-Germain at the moment.

The PSG Ultras ruthlessly booed Neymar on his return to action last weekend, which saw him score late on to seal the club a 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Strasbourg.

But it appears that the 27-year-old still has a long way to go to stand any chance of getting back in the fans’ good books. Undoubtedly, his attempts to force a return to Barcelona in the summer will remain a sore spot for a while yet.

Although Tite was pleased to report that Neymar’s not experiencing any such problems with Brazil.

“Neymar is happy. Neymar is happy in the Brazil national squad,” he told reporters in a press conference on Friday.

“And I’m talking about the national squad and to all the people who are near us and know how our daily routine is like here. Because this is a theme of conversation among us. He is happy here.

“We can’t control other situations … what I can say is that, yes, he is happy and showed this during the matches more than any other thing.”

Tite’s announcement on Neymar comes after naming the wantaway PSG star in his squad for Brazil’s friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria in Singapore next month.

The Selecao coach then discussed the struggles to arrange exhibitions, and cited Germany as an example.

“That’s a calendar issue. We just can’t change it,” said Tite.

“We get in touch with all the best national squads. And, when we can’t play against them, it’s because we’ve tried but they didn’t want to play against us,” he said.

“Can I give Germany [as an] example? Germany proposed us a date. We said yes. Then they proposed another day. We said yes again. Then they informed us that they didn’t want to play anymore. I’m giving you information.”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar Jr. #10 of Brazil eyes the ball in the 2019 International Champions Cup match against Peru on September 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)