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Thiago Silva Complains About Neymar After Barcelona Star Gained His Brazil Captaincy

Thiago Silva Complains About Neymar After Barcelona Star Gained His Brazil Captaincy

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on November 17, 2014

Thiago Silva has spoken of his disappointment that international teammate Neymar did not speak to him when offered the captaincy of Brazil this summer, claiming he was "upset" by the young star's actions.

The PSG defender led Brazil to the 2014 World Cup, but he was criticised in some quarters after he appeared to lose control of his emotions ahead of their penalty shootout with Chile and his later suspension for Brazil's semi-final humiliation at the hands of Germany.

Goal.com's Luke Sheehan quotes Silva saying of Neymar:

"Sincerely, I didn't expect this. I would be lying if I said it didn't annoy me. It feels like something was taken away from me that was mine. It's painful and makes me sad. Especially because no one has come to talk to me about this. Neymar didn't approach me.

But I think we must be prepared for everything, somehow, even if I thought I was going to come and play. I have to be ready to be on the bench also.”

Silva later said that he has cleared the air with Neymar over the situation, via Goal.com:

'I saw it differently to the way it came out,' he told reporters on Monday. 'But, most importantly, I was speaking with a clear conscience.

"Things are fine with Neymar and Dunga. I had to clarify some things. Some things that were said that were not true. Neymar understood my intention. "[The controversy] is sad because we have a sibling relationship. He is like my younger brother. And that will not change. I said this to him. 'This will not end our relationship."

Perhaps adding to Silva's disappointment is the fact that he would appear to have lost his place in the national team since his injury earlier this season. With Miranda and David Luiz—or, on occasion, Marquinhos—yet to concede in the Selecao's five games thus far in the

campaign, it is looking unlikely that Dunga will look to change his setup in the near future. Indeed, the manager has already confirmed Neymar will remain as captain regardless of Thiago Silva's involvement. For Thiago, 30, it is a major blow. For so long considered one

of the world's very best central defenders, he has not only lost the national team captaincy but also his place in the starting lineup. It is perhaps understandable that he should hold some resentment at the manner of his treatment.

Neymar is a relatively young captain at 22 and there was justifiable concern at his selection by Dunga to lead the side following the country's World Cup disaster. However, Dunga's Brazil are beginning to gather significant momentum after five victories. What's more,

Neymar is flying as their leader, emphasised by his two-goal haul in the victory over Turkey just days ago.

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