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Monday, September 10, 2012
Santos: Neymar should skip friendlies

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Neymar should skip Brazil's friendlies vs. Argentina on Sept. 16 and Oct. 3 to rest up for Brazil league play, said Santos coach Muricy Ramalho Monday according to an Efe News Agency report.

"In these matches vs. Argentina, the only players who participate are those from the local leagues, and that's why I think it is not necessary that Neymar participate," said Ramalho.

Neymar has missed 10 of the first 23 matches of the Brazilian league this season. The team is in 15th place in the standings of the 20-team league with just 27 points.

Ramalho said Brazil team official Mano Menezes "could cooperate" and hold Neymar out of the two matches.

"Everyone knows Neymar" is a player who "no longer has to prove he belongs" on Brazil's team, the Santos coach said.

This past June, Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro also lashed out at the Brazilian soccer federation for burning Neymar out. During that stretch, when the team had Copa Libertadores matches pending, the Brazilian national team sent Neymar to play in four international matches in two continents over 14 days. Brazil's top league runs from May to December.

Earlier this month, Neymar was the subject of transfer rumors, with unconfirmed reports that Manchester United had launched a $60.7 million bid for the 20-year-old forward. Neymar's contract with Santos runs through 2014.




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