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Neymar called up for Brazil friendlies amid transfer speculation

16 August 2019, MVT 20:49
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 6, 2019 shows Brazil's Neymar warming up before a friendly football match against Qatar at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, ahead of Brazil 2019 Copa America. - Neymar was included on August 16, 2019 in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Colombia and Peru next month amid speculation of a departure from Paris Saint-Germain and a return to La Liga. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)
16 August 2019, MVT 20:49

Neymar was included on Friday in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Colombia and Peru next month amid speculation of a departure from Paris Saint-Germain and a return to La Liga.

Coach Tite's announcement comes as former captain Neymar appears set to leave the French outfit and head back to Spain before the end of the transfer window on September 2, either with his former side Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The world's most expensive player has been plagued by an ankle injury that ruled him out of last month's Copa America success.

Authorities in Brazil also recently dropped an investigation into rape allegations against the forward due to insufficient evidence, accusations which he had vehemently denied.

Tite said he had spoken to Neymar, who "said he was happy", but he acknowledged that he was not doing "tactical work."

"I will not abandon an athlete of Neymar's level and quality," Tite said, explaining he wanted to give him "playing time."

Brazil will face Colombia on September 6 in Miami and Peru -- who they beat in the Copa America final -- on September 10 in Los Angeles.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP

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