Neymar transfer saga

Menezes backs Neymar move

March 12, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has said that he believes young star Neymar needs to move to Europe to fully develop his game and stay out of the spotlight off the pitch.

GettyImagesNeymar has been in fine form for Santos.

Neymar, 20, has been linked with moves to many of Europe's elite clubs and came close to sealing a deal with Real Madrid before deciding to extend his contract with Santos until 2014. However, Menezes has raised the issue once more and has given his backing to a potential transfer.

"In relation to his environment, to feeling at home, it's good that he is staying," Menezes told O Globo. "But for a complete development, to gain more respect, it's important that he goes to Europe.

"Being there, he won't be as exposed. Staying in Brazil demands contracts that take a lot of his time. We see that he is exposed. You need to execute three things in order to be well: train, eat and rest."

Santos, though, reacted angrily to Menezes' comments and turned the tables on the man who never coached outside of Brazil before being given his current job.

"A comment like that, coming from the coach of the Brazilian national team, is regrettable," Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues Filho told local media. "It's the same thing to say that someone needs to coach a European club before coaching the national team, which is not true."