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Neymar's summer plans for Brazil set to be discussed in Barcelona

Neymar, who has 18 goals and nine assists this season, has become an even more influential component of Barcelona's attack.
Barcelona may not be eager that Brazil want Neymar to play all summer long.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that talks are planned with Brazil coach Dunga about Neymar playing in multiple competitions this summer.

Dunga said last month that he planned to speak to Barcelona directors because he wants the Brazil talisman to play in both the Copa America in the United States in June as well as the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

And Luis Enrique on Saturday said that Dunga would soon be arriving at the Camp Nou so Neymar's club could have their input over his summer plans.

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"That's something we're going to have to talk about," Luis Enrique said. "Dunga is coming and wants to talk about the situation of his players and it is the right time for him to come and talk about things.

"We'll talk about what's best for him, what's best for the club and what's best for his country."

Neymar's Barcelona teammates Rafinha and Dani Alves could also feature for Brazil this summer, and Luis Enrique said Rafinha is nearing full fitness after having knee surgery in September.

"It's good news if he's thinking about playing in the Olympics for Brazil," said Luis Enrique. "It's been an unlucky season for him because of the injury, but we're hanging on what that doctors have to say.

"His recovery is going as well as we could hope. He was able to take part in almost the whole training session today.

"There's still the final stage in his recovery to come and he needs to get medical clearance from the doctors. Hopefully he can come back and enjoy competitive matches; we'll have to wait and see how things develop."

Barcelona visit Eibar on Sunday, but Luis Enrique said Ivan Rakitic, who scored in Thursday's win at Rayo Vallecano, is a major doubt with a foot injury.

"He had a swelling in a nasty area, the instep of the foot, which you hit the ball with, so it's very painful," the coach said. "Yesterday the doctor said it would be better for him to train separately. I'd imagine the swelling has gone down, but we'll see how much.

"Those parts of the foot can really make it very awkward to play."


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