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Neymar was right to go to Spain, says Scolari

The Brazil coach has claimed that the youngster was correct in his decision to reject advances from Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says that the national team will benefit at next summer’s World Cup from Neymar’s move to Barcelona.

The 21-year-old left Santos for the Catalan capital in June and the Selecao coach believes it was the right decision to reject advances from England and Germany, with the World Cup in his home country coming up in 2014.

'It was a big decision to leave Brazil and go to play in Spain,' reiterated Scolari over the weekend to reporters at a media conference. 'There he is already considered one of the best in the world, something which we already knew when he was playing here.

'Besides, they have a different style and he is learning from the other players. Things have changed and in the World Cup it will come in handy for Brazil. Are Brazil reliant on Neymar? No. There is no doubt that he is a star, one of the biggest, one of the best, but we have other players that are also important.

'If he cannot play, we have someone else who will be very good.'

Neymar has become one of the Blaugrana’s leading lights this season, following Lionel Messi’s sporadic start to the campaign through injury.

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