Paulo Henrique Ganso has slammed rumors that he is envious of his Santos teammate Neymar, who has seen his star rise over the past year after being heavily courted by the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who has a contract with the Sao Paulo-based club until 2015, emphasized his strong friendship with his teammate and revealed that he will ask him to become the godfather of his son.
"The rumor has made me upset because it never happened," Ganso told SporTV News.
"It made me upset because people always say there is a jealousy between us, but I think if we have that true friendship, like a brother and a friend, it's because we never let it interfere with anything," he added.
The talented duo have been constantly linked with moves to Europe over the past year, but Ganso reaffirmed his commitment to Santos, stating that he is only concentrating on doing well for the club.
"To make everyone comfortable, especially the Santos supporters who think I will go, in contrast to the reports, I'm very focused and very clear on what I want," he said.
"I'm now at Santos, I'm performing very well, honoring the No. 10 shirt as I always have and that makes me more comfortable to return to the Selecao as well."
National team coach Mano Menezes has included Ganso in the Brazil squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly on 28 February.