Everton are hoping to hold further talks with the Brazil Football Confederation over Richarlison's involvement with that country's national team over the summer.
With the Copa America taking place again this year, Richarlison will almost certainly be involved in one international tournament over the close season when, as expected, he is selected to play in the competition being hosted jointly by Argentina and Colombia.
However, Brazil will also be sending a team to the Tokyo Olympic Games in August and Richarlison hopes to be included the Seleção's squad for that as well. Not only will that mean the 22-year-old playing almost the entire summer but the Gold Medal game is scheduled to played on the opening day of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
“I've already spoken to Carlo Ancelotti about this,” Richarlison told the Liverpool Echo in an exclusive interview. “If Brazil want me for both the Olympic Games and the Copa America, I want to be in both because they are really important to me.
"And it is also important to the club that I play for Brazil and I hope the club understands this.
But we will see what happens. [Coach] Juninho Paulista has already asked me if I want to play [in the Olympics] and I said that if Brazil want me then, of course, I will go and play.”
That will be a decision for a later date. In the meantime, Richarlison is focused on trying to help propel Everton into Europe for the first time since he joined the club from Watford.
The Blues suffered a setback in that aim with defeat to Arsenal last Sunday but successive games against two rivals for the European qualification places, Manchester United and Chelsea offer more opportunities to pick up valuable points.
“Obviously, my number one desire is to get in the Europa League or Champions League with Everton,” Richarlison explained.
“I spoke to Ancelotti and he is counting on me and so I am focusing on helping Everton and fulfilling my personal objectives and scoring goals.”
“Since the start of the season, our objective has been to qualify for the Champions League. With the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti we have improved. Unfortunately we lost an important game against Arsenal and we wanted to use that game to climb up the table.
"But on Sunday we have another important game, against a direct rival for one of these positions, and we are going to give our all in this game to try and climb the table.”
Correction: The article was amended to remove a reference to the Copa America being an annual event.
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1 Posted 27/02/2020 at 05:17:31
2 Posted 27/02/2020 at 07:32:21
We'll know more by June 1, the deadline for determining whether the Olympics will even be held.
3 Posted 27/02/2020 at 07:51:26
4 Posted 27/02/2020 at 07:55:29
I don't think he should play in both though as Everton will no doubt suffer when he's burnt out.
5 Posted 27/02/2020 at 08:25:52
Maybe a chance for Moise Kean to step up and get a run of games?
6 Posted 27/02/2020 at 08:49:02
7 Posted 27/02/2020 at 09:33:30
8 Posted 27/02/2020 at 10:42:48
Very encouraging if true, I just wish others had as much commitment as him, but no doubt the Summer will see a decent re-shuffle without infringing FFP Rules.
9 Posted 27/02/2020 at 11:57:33
Clubs such as ours and others around the world existed long before these International "Organising" bodies, who take our players for free and make profit from them we'll never see and in the process exhaust them.
If the clubs and the leagues told them were to go they and the players would just have to accept it, but I'm dreaming!
10 Posted 27/02/2020 at 14:22:34
1) With the spread of the coronavirus running headlong towards becoming a world pandemic, many an international sporting event faces the very real possibility of being totally cancelled.
In particular, I consider this year's Formula One race calendar under real threat. It entails transporting 1000s of people and equipment of every possible nationality between multiple countries every 1-2-3 weeks.
That is a moving petri dish which could facilitate and accelerate the spread of the virus.
There is a helluva lot of money invested in the F1 roadshow, but it shouldn't talk loud enough to permit the travelling circus to potentially spread the virus around the globe.
Unless and until the spread of the coronavirus diminishes, or an antedote is found, ALL sporting events are under threat of being cancelled.
(And how delicious would it be if the PL season could not be completed this year and all results null and voided..? Just putting it out there).
Italian Serie A games already cancelled. The rugby international between Ireland and Italy likewise. This is just the start.
2) Even if all events go ahead, no player can be expected to play in two summer tournaments in the same year. It also occured at the last Olympics here in Brazil when it coincided with the Copa America.
Neymar very much wanted to compete in his home Olympics, naturally, and it was agreed between all parties - the player himself, Barcelona and the Brazil national team - that he would play the Olympics but not the Copa America.
Commonsense will prevail. Richarlison will simply not be allowed by Everton to compete in both.
PS - as already pointed out, the Copa America is not now an annual event as stated in the opening post. It has had a very scatty and variable schedule in its history, but they are staging the tournament again this year with the intention of aligning it with the Euros to take place every four years to reduce its impact on the international calendar.
11 Posted 27/02/2020 at 15:04:14
And if he gets tired, hey, he's 22, he'll get over it.
12 Posted 27/02/2020 at 15:22:59
Anyway how are you and your family, especially your wife, is she still in China?, if not, I hope she gets back soon to help you pack your bags for your next trip to Liverpool, very best wishes and good health to you and your family, hope to see you soon.
13 Posted 27/02/2020 at 16:45:58
We were badly affected when we lost Neville Southall due to an injury in a international match but gained enormous credit in the years that followed. If were are just a sports brand like others we make it difficult to attend and put our commercial interest first. If not we should let someone play for their country and fulfil their ambitions.
14 Posted 27/02/2020 at 17:20:27
15 Posted 27/02/2020 at 18:34:43
I still hope to make it over and visit you this spring. Appreciate the good wishes, my friend.
16 Posted 27/02/2020 at 18:54:43
17 Posted 27/02/2020 at 19:09:24
Is this basically a permanent curfew? If so, how do they get food?
I understand what you're going through, at the time of Fukushima disaster in Japan I had family there and close Fukushima.
18 Posted 27/02/2020 at 19:11:16
Mike, is there any truth in the rumour you've virtually moved in to "Hooters" as there's nobody around to stop you?
Snowflakes: Don't bother, Mike knows me well, as I do him so I know how he'll take my comment. :-)
19 Posted 27/02/2020 at 19:49:52
20 Posted 27/02/2020 at 20:00:53
21 Posted 27/02/2020 at 20:27:27
22 Posted 27/02/2020 at 20:56:53
23 Posted 27/02/2020 at 21:00:47
24 Posted 27/02/2020 at 21:04:48
25 Posted 27/02/2020 at 21:23:04
Brian (23) Man. United had their pants pulled down over McGuire, like us with Sigurdsson.
Mike (24),yes he works hard off the ball and is possibly underrated, I'd say he was overrated with his work on the ball, still plays in blinkers plenty of times, never sees better positioned team mates, shoots instead of passing, passes instead of shooting.
But to go back to the original argument, I still think Brazil get the better of the deal and when he comes back after playing for them in the summer, that will be two solid years without a break and we will suffer again, even if he doesn't get the mumps like last summer.
26 Posted 27/02/2020 at 22:05:51
29 Posted 27/02/2020 at 22:33:10
30 Posted 27/02/2020 at 23:07:58
We are not going to agree on this one, Playing for Brazil has undoubtedly helped his development including building confidence. There are very few forwards of his type who can play anywhere across the front line, excellent in the air as well as on the floor.
He will consistently get well into double-figure tallies each season and if he had a creative midfield supporting him would probably get many more. Given his tender age we have a diamond on our hands.
31 Posted 27/02/2020 at 23:13:02
32 Posted 27/02/2020 at 23:16:25
Hope your family keep safe and well.
33 Posted 28/02/2020 at 00:52:38
34 Posted 28/02/2020 at 03:17:01
What worries me is the Argentines and other South American countries whose players like to disable skillful, attacking opponents. If he comes back knackered, but in one piece and committed to the Toffees I'll be happy.
35 Posted 28/02/2020 at 04:23:05
I think his rising value and his importance to the team, it's gonna be extremely hard to stop him playing both tournaments. The lad will no doubt already know his value, Everton can not afford to piss the lad off. That's the world we live in.
To be fair, it's not him that we should be irritated with, the governing bodies allowing the Copa America to change in an Olympic year is just shitty. Wadda ya gonna do?
Look at Sanchez, he's a wreck after running himself into the ground, after a similar situation surfaced with back to back Copa America, Confederations Cup, and World Cup. He's a shell of a player.
You can only hope he gets good advice.
36 Posted 28/02/2020 at 06:30:07
Brian #18, the nearest thing to a Hooters this little town has is a gas station that sells fried chicken. Hooters is about 300 miles from here.
37 Posted 28/02/2020 at 08:27:15
38 Posted 28/02/2020 at 08:57:03
As for the player he is for Everton, early season all expectation was on him. No one else in the team bar Siggy scored as many or looked like scoring many. Lots of pressure and in a team that was stuttering. He has regained form now, and looks like equalling his haul from last season isn't unlikely.
He has been playing in a team with a patched up midfield for all but a handful of games! A pretty easy player for opponents to focus on because virtually no other player we have could have been considered a danger man
I hope we can hold onto him for a good few years and get a player on the opposite side in the same bracket. Even with DCL up top or maybe we see the reason Kean is so highly rated, that would be a forward line to be reckoned with
39 Posted 28/02/2020 at 09:19:41
He's a good player, hopefully he will get better, there's plenty of scope for improvement, I've no real argument with him playing for Brazil, I'm saying it will be to detriment of Everton.
Martin (37), you hold on to that consistently exceptional that you see in your minds eye, he must be terrific, back in the real world I'll continue to watch a good player who hopefully gets better and more consistent.
40 Posted 28/02/2020 at 14:14:33
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