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Neymar will play the Olympics and NOT the Copa America this summer

The Catalan club and the CBF have agreed on how the 24-year-old star will spend his summer

Barcelona have reached an agreement with the Brazilian Football Confedration (BCF) for Neymar to play in the Olympic Games but not in the Copa America this summer, the Catalan club confirmed via a press release on Wednesday.

Therefore, the player will go on holiday once the domestic season concludes with the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla in May. He is unlikely to return until after the Olympics, which are held in Rio. However, dates have not been confirmed and it is possible he will take part in some of Barça’s pre-season, which will get underway in July, before heading to the Games.

Here is Barça’s statment:
FC Barcelona are grateful to the Brazilian Football Confederation and its president, Marco Polo del Nero, for accepting the proposal made by the club suggesting Neymar only plays in the Olympics in Brazil, which take place between August 3 and 21. Therefore, Neymar will not take part in the Copa America in the United States, which takes place between June 3 and 26.