“We want to be the strongest selection possible,” Jardine said in an interview Thursday at the Globo Esporte portal. “Neymar is the main player of our selection and the main Brazilian player in activity,” he continued, believing that selecting the PSG star would be “a very big leap in quality” for the Brazilian team.
“We understand that it is a complicated situation (…) It is a question which is beyond me as a coach”, however admitted Jardine.
The possible presence in Tokyo of the 29-year-old Brazilian striker would only be possible in the event of an agreement between the Brazilian Football Confederation and Paris Saint-Germain, the player’s club, which is not obliged to lend the player for a competition not organized by FIFA.
During the Tokyo Olympics, where football matches will take place from July 21 to August 8, Brazil is in Group D of the men’s football tournament with Germany, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia. Each country can summon 18 players, including three over the age of 24, and has until June 30 to do so.
During the Rio Games in 2016, Brazil won the football tournament by winning on penalties against Germany (1-1, 5-4 tab). Neymar had scored the Brazil goal as well as the decisive shot on goal.