Neymar cleared to represent Brazil at Olympics

Barcelona star Neymar will lead Brazil as one of the Selecao’s three over-23 players at the 2016 Olympic Games.

National team coach Dunga has long coveted his skipper for the tournament, which will be played for the first time on Brazilian soil in Rio de Janeiro.

And sources close to Neymar have confirmed to Goal that the forward will be released by Barcelona to take part in the Games, the only major title the nation have never lifted.

Last week Dunga and Brazil coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi met in Spain with directors and coaches of the Catalan side, in order to negotiate Neymar’s availability in August.

Neymar has long held that his wish is to fly the flag for the Selecao in Rio, and Barcelona have agreed to let their star play in the Olympics.

Brazil’s thoughts will now turn to the Copa America centenary tournament in June, with the captain obliged to play in the United States under Fifa regulations unless Dunga declines to select him.

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