Brazil head coach Tite has heaped praise on Bukayo Saka and would happily select him Arsenal star as part of his World Cup squad.
The Selecao will travel to Qatar later this year as one of the pre-tournament favourites, boasting an impressive squad brimming with Premier League talent.
Tite, who has been in charge of Brazil since 2016, has regularly selected Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes and precocious striker Gabriel Martinelli over the past 12 months, but if his nationality weren’t an issue Saka would also be firmly at his radar.
When asked which English player he would like to field for his team if possible, Tite said The Times: “I would join [Arsenal’s Bukayo] Saka, who finished this season in the Premier League with 11 goals.
“I have a soft spot for fast, skinny legs. And he’s the kind of player you can never control.
“You can certainly try to pressure him to follow him wherever he goes, but you will never be able to fully control his actions.”
Saka is expected to be called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of next month’s Nations League games against Hungary, Italy and Germany.
However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is seeking talks with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate amid fears the 20-year-old is at risk of burnout.
The Hale End Academy graduate featured in all 38 Premier League games last season after starring during England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.
Saka, meanwhile, is drawing admiring glances from a number of Arsenal’s rivals who may try to lure the winger with the allure of Champions League football.
The Gunners missed out on a top-four spot after a late-season collapse and talks over a new deal at Arsenal have yet to be finalized, with the player’s agent demanding a release clause be included in a potential contract extension.
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