The Sao Paulo star replaced Kaka in the Selecao's Copa America squad on Wednesday, returning to the international scene after a four-year absence
Paulo Henrique Ganso has heralded ‘a new beginning’ after his return to the Brazil squad was confirmed on Wednesday.
The Sao Paulo midfielder was left out of Brazil’s 23-man Copa America squad but was handed a reprise this week after Kaka withdrew though injury.
The 26-year-old will travel to USA on Thursday to meet up with the Selecao for the first time in four years, having not appeared for his country since the London Olympics.
“It’s a new beginning,” Ganso told SporTV.
“You have to train well, prepare for what lies ahead and then make sure you do your best. You have to be prepared. The opportunity will come. When you get it, you have to enjoy it.”
Ganso added: “It’s a great joy and I’m very happy to return to the national team.
“It's a huge joy. But the pain is that it comes because my mate Kaka suffered an injury,” Ganso added. “I deeply respect him as a player and professional.”
Kaka was the fifth player forced out of the squad through injury since Dunga announced his final 23 on May 5, and the third this week.
On Tuesday Barcelona midfielder Rafinha and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson were replaced by PSG’s Lucas Moura and Gremio’s Marcelo Grohe, respectively.
Kaka himself had arrived as a replacement for Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa after Ricardo Oliveira had been replaced by Jonas.
Ganso’s last appearance for the senior Brazil team arrived in February 2012 against Bosnia-Herzegovina when he replaced Ronaldinho for the final 28 minutes.