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Barça want Neymar to give up on Copa América

In this way he will only play the Olympic Games, which coincide with Barça's pre-season

Barça want Neymar to give up on Copa América
Barça want Neymar to give up on Copa América

In this way he will only play the Olympic Games, which coincide with Barça's pre-season

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On the day of Copa América Centenario's draw, Brasil's coach Dunga made it clear that, although he wanted to, he didn't know if Neymar would play the competition. "We have to talk with Barça", he said. But given the summer schedule and the news that filteres, it seems like Neymar won't be able to play both the Copa América Centenario and the Olympic Games, the 2 big football events he can play, and he would have to choose one.

The Copa América Centenario will begin on June the 3rd and will end with the final on the 26th of the same month. Considering that the Champion's League final is on the 28th of May, and if Barça reaches that stage of the competition, Neymar won't have much time to prepare the tournament with the selection. Besides, the Blaugrana forward would have to extend a very long and tiring season.

Moreover, once the Copa América ends, he will have less than a month of vacation, which explains why Barça don't want Neymar to play that competition, as Miguel Rico told Mundo Deportivo and Joaquim Piera told Sport. Luis Enrique's team planned on going back to training on July the 17th (according to what Sport published today) to prepare the first day of La Liga on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.

Actually, Barça prefer Neymar to play the Olympic Games with Brazil. Although the competition coincides with the pre-season for the Blaugranas, the player could join the team later on and enjoy a unique chance for him to represent his country (like Messi in the summer of 2008) in this once-in-four-year event. In addition, as he would skip the Copa América, Neymar would enjoy over a month of holidays.