Brazil wants Neymar for Copa America and Rio Olympics
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 09, 2016 08:03 AM
Barcelona's Neymar, center, smiles while Atletico's coach Diego Simeone, left and Atletico's Koke protest during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's football confederation has told Spanish club Barcelona that it wants to have star striker Neymar available for both the Copa America Centenario in June and the Rio Olympics in August.
Earlier on Friday, Barcelona's chairman Josep Maria Bartolomeu sent a letter to the CBF saying the club would release Neymar for only one of those tournaments.
In a statement the CBF said it would make "every possible effort to count on Neymar Jr. at the Copa America and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."
The Barcelona star has already said he wishes to play for Brazil in both tournaments.
"We count on his efforts with the club," the CBF said.
Brazil has never won gold in Olympic football, and the Copa America is key for Brazil coach Dunga's future.