Real Madrid target Richarlison ‘knows he has to give us something back’, emphasizes Rafael Benitez after signing the attacker into Brazil’s Olympic squad… despite Everton star likely to miss the start of the new season
Rafael Benitez expects Richarlison to join forces for Everton next season after allowing him to join Brazil’s Olympic squad.
Richarlison flew to Tokyo on Saturday – a week after playing Brazil’s Copa America final against perennial rivals Argentina.
Brazil kicks off their Olympic campaign against Ivory Coast on Sunday and the tournament ends on August 7.
Richarlison must give us something back to Everton after being allowed to go to the Olympics
The 24-year-old attacker flew to Tokyo on Saturday to be part of the Brazilian Olympic team
Richarlison has had a busy international summer after also playing in the Copa America
Everton manager Rafael Benitez believes Richarlison owes the club a debt of gratitude for their support of him
Should Brazil take the gold medal, the 24-year-old Everton will miss the entire preseason and the start of their Premier League campaign.
But while the striker’s absence will be a major blow to the start of Benitez’s tenure at Everton, the newly appointed manager believes this will work in their favor for the rest of the season.
Richarlison has been a reported target of Real Madrid this summer, but Benitez believes Everton’s show of support will help the number 7 stay at Goodison Park.
“I was in touch with him, he had the Olympics in mind, we had to resolve his situation and he is fine,” Benitez told the BBC. the official website of the club.
“He’s happy because he can go there… and he knows he has to give us something back because we supported him.
‘Which [not being involved at the start of the season] could be something that we don’t love at the beginning, but it will be a huge boost for us in the rest of the season because he will try to perform.”
Former Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to bring Richarlison to Real Madrid