Neymar set for Brazil playmaker role at World Cup
Neymar will be deployed in an attacking playmaking role for Brazil at this year's World Cup.
The 30-year-old has scored nine goals and provided seven assists in eight games across all competitions for PSG. Neymar has until now continued to play as a left-sided winger for Brazil, as he did during his four seasons at the Camp Nou.
"Neymar's creative capacity is impressive," Tite, a Brazilian professional football coach, said in an interview broadcast on Brazilian television on Tuesday.
Brazil has been drawn in the same group as Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon for the World Cup, to be played in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
Tite, who has said he will step down as manager after the tournament, denied reports that he had promised a place in the squad to 39-year-old right-back Dani Alves.
Alves, who joined Mexico's UNAM Pumas in July after parting ways with Barcelona, has made public his desire to go to Qatar after missing the last World Cup in Russia because of a knee injury.
"There is no commitment to select him or anyone else," Tite said. "We have around 50 players with whom we maintain a very close relationship. We encourage and guide them to be in the best possible condition. There is fair competition for places and the bar has been set high," as reported by Xinhua News Agency, a partner of TV BRICS.
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"We have made a lot of partnerships with the participants, businessmen and government officials that came in to strengthen the ties and partnerships between our companies. And Cameroon, which is our country, and Africa at large. We know the relationships that have been established between Russia and African countries, Russia and BRIC countries, it make us really sure that something new will come up in Africa, something new in the era of development."