Sunday, 1 February 2009

Amauri waits for Brazil go-ahead

Juventus forward Amauri will learn on Monday if he is to be allowed to join up with the Brazil national team for the friendly against Italy on February 10.

AmauriThe 28-year-old has been called up to the Selecao for the first time but Juventus are reluctant to release him as the 14-day period for selecting foreign-based players ended last week.

"I dream of playing for the Selecao but I have to respect any decision of the club I represent," Amauri told Brazilian website Eesporte Interativo.

"We'll have a meeting on Monday and we'll decide what will happen."

Amauri, who will shortly receive Italian citizenship, is still free to opt to play for his adopted country as he has not been capped by the South American giants.

On Saturday Juve President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli appeared to have made up his mind that the player wouldn't be travelling to London to play in the prestigious friendly match.

"Nothing has arrived (from Brazil)," he told Sky Sport 24. "And if the request does arrive it will be outside the allowed time.

"We won't accept it. We have told the player that. The responsibility is ours.

"We have to concentrate on Juve's next matches and we want him to stay with us."

Earlier on Saturday Brazil coach Dunga announced the decision to call up Amauri to his 22-man squad to replace Luis Fabiano, who is ruled out after picking up an injury.

Source: Sporting Life

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