Brazil boss Tite turned down offers from PSG and Real Madrid and plans to end 20-year World Cup wait
Brazilian boss Tite reveals he has turned down offers from PSG and Real Madrid ahead of the 2018 World Cup as he wants to end the Selecao’s 20-year wait for Qatari glory
Brazilian boss Tite has revealed that he was approached by European powerhouses PSG and Real Madrid ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Selecao manager turned them down as he told the guard that his priority is to win the World Cup with his country, although he fell in the quarterfinals in Russia.
Brazil haven’t won the tournament since 2002, but Tite plans to end their 20-year wait for a record-breaking sixth title, but admits he would welcome a move to Europe in the future.
Tite took over from Brazil in 2016 and led his country to Copa America glory in 2019
The 61-year-old Brazilian confirmed that he had been approached by European clubs and said: ‘Yes, Real Madrid and Sporting.
“What I like is that when a European club is interested in a professional, they have a conversation to explain what they need. This is really cool.
“There was another club that wanted to talk to me and I said no: PSG [after Unai Emery left in May 2018]† They wanted to talk to me and I said I wouldn’t; I don’t want to and I won’t.
“I don’t want to open that possibility of something else. I want to be focused on my work. Na is another story.’
Tite plans to end his country’s 20-year wait for a sixth World Cup star added to their badge
After becoming Brazil’s manager in 2016, he led them to Copa America glory in 2019, but four years ago he was unsuccessful in his bid for a World Cup title.
He will get the chance this winter, with a contract that runs until the end of December.
His side has been drawn in a fairly straight forward Group G alongside European sides Serbia and Switzerland as well as recent AFCON host Cameroon.
While usually among the favorites for most World Cups in Brazil’s history, their squad is awash with talent, including Fabinho, Thiago Silva, Ederson, Alisson, Gabriel Jesus and Champions League winner Vinicius Jr.
Neymar is three short of football icon Pele’s scoring record, with 74 in 118 games for
But it is in PSG star Neymar that Tite emphasizes the true quality of his side-lying lies, and he insists the sometimes petulant attacker has grown into his role as his country’s talisman.
Tite said, ‘Neymar is Neymar. He remains our biggest star. The difference now is that the glow is diluted by nearby stars that can also shine.
“The greatness of Neymar is that he understands this – about the growth of these children. He encourages the guys to level up.
“Time and experience make for this maturity.”