Arsenal duo Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli have been named in Brazil‘s squad for the Olympics.
Coach Andre Jardine has announced a 22-man squad for the Tokyo games after FIFA sanctioned an increase of the initial number of 18.
However, clubs can refuse to release their players for the Olympics as they’re not considered to be part of the official football calendar, as a result of which Jardine has had to make some changes to his original selection.
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes (pictured) are both in Brazil’s Olympic squad
Brazil coach Andre Jardine has had to make several changes to his original 22-man squad
Martinelli received a call up alongside Everton forward Richarlison and PAOK’s Douglas Augusto after Flamengo, Marseille and Zenit St Petersburg refused to release Pedro, Gerson and Malcom respectively.
Borussia Dortmund’s young midfielder Reinier, on loan from Real Madrid has also been included in the squad after initially missing out.
38-year-old former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has been included whilst Athletico Paranaense goalkeeper Santos, 31 and Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos make up the three players in the squad over the age of 24.
As reported by Goal.com Real Madrid requested their forward Vinicius Junior be left out of Jardine’s plans; as new boss Carlo Ancelotti want’s all his players available for pre-season.
Meanwhile, French giants Paris Saint-Germain will not allow their Brazilian stars Neymar and Marquinhos to travel to Tokyo for the games.
Paris Saint-Germain will not allow Neymar (left) and Marquinhos (right) to travel to Tokyo
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