Chelsea midfielder Oscar has warned England to be wary of Neymar when the two countries meet in a friendly this weekend, the
The Catalans have shelled out in the region of £50m to sign the 21-year-old from Santos, with Oscar pointing to his own experience since leaving Internacional for Stamford Bridge as proof of what playing in a competitive European league can do for your game – and what Neymar’s improvement could mean for Brazil’s chances of winning the World Cup on home soil in 2014.
“Neymar is a big player and his arrival at Barcelona will only increase the level of his game,” Oscar said. “That will be very good for Brazil in a year’s time. He is a spectacular player and moving to Europe will only help him develop his skill, ability and make him even better.
“It has helped me at Chelsea, fit in with the team, I have improved my level and adapted to a different style. It helps you learn and progress.”
Oscar is also looking forward to playing England at the refurbished Maracana stadium, the Three Lions’ first trip to South America since the 1980s and a chance for Oscar to come up against Chelsea teammates Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole.
“This is a special game and he will look to put on a special performance to show the world. It is a great occasion for us and we will look to show what we can do against England,” Oscar said.
“For me, this match is very important. To play in the Maracana and against England is special and very exciting. Brazil has a lot to play for in this game and really it’s not a friendly for us.
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