Former Porto and Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas has lavished praise on Deco after seeing the Fluminense man star in the Copa Libertadores, and added that he was relishing the opportunity to watch Santos phenomenon Neymar playing in the flesh.
The 34-year-old Oporto native has been out of football since parting company with Chelsea in March. He is currently in the middle of a trip to Brazil and was present in the Engenhao to watch Deco's Tricolor team beat Internacional 2-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the continental tournament.
Speaking on Friday, Villas-Boas was delighted with the performance of the Portugal international and ex-Porto man, although he declined to give a definitive answer when asked if national manager Paulo Bento should consider him for his Euro 2012 squad.
"Deco is one of the most important players in recent Portuguese history. He is now living through a special moment in his career, and has been playing a lot," the trainer explained to Globoesporte.
"[The European Championship question] will have to be answered by the Portugal coach. Only he can answer that one."
Villas-Boas also praised Chelsea's Ramires as one of the most talented players in the current Brazil squad, and concluded by admitting that he has been keeping tabs on 20-year-old wonderkid Neymar for some time.
"I won't say that I am desperate to see him, because I have already been following his development. But he really is a special talent," he explained.
"It is interesting to see the development of Brazilian football, it can now keep the stars for longer and it has also been improving in terms of structure."