Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil have denied reports that they have requested national striker Neymar to be rested from Barcelona's final La Liga game.
According to reports, an appeal had been made by Brazil to Barcelona to leave the forward out during a crucial title deciding game against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday.
However, the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol was quick to deny these media claims. They said in a statement that the information was incorrect and opposite to the thinking of members of the technical committee of the Brazilian national team.
"The information, in addition to being incorrect, is completely opposite to the direction and thinking of the members of the technical committee of the Brazilian national team," it read.
Brazil head coach Luis Felipe Scolari also wants his players to experience success on the domestic front before joining the squad ahead of the FIFA World Cup. (Also read: No Kaka, Ronaldinho in Scolari's World Cup Brazil Squad)
"I want them to play like they are champions," Scolari said. "This will boost their morale, their self-esteem, and the Brazilian national team can only gain from that."
FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil will face Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in their Group A matches.
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