Santos' Muricy Ramalho: Neymar will be decisive for Brazil at 2014 World Cup

Much-coveted Brazilian star's coach feels that the 19-year-old forward is capable of firing his nation to success in 2014
Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho has stated his belief that Neymar will prove to be a key player for Brazil when his nation host the World Cup in 2014.

Neymar's performances for Copa Libertadores winners Santos have seen him garner transfer attention from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea, and although his performances in the Copa America were criticised, he showcased his talent with a key brace against Ecuador, before Brazil crashed out to Paraguay.

Speaking at the qualification draw for the 2014 competition, Ramalho said: "Neymar is different - a spectacular player. He is a jewel and we have to work with him because he will be decisive in the World Cup. Winning the World Cup should be the goal of those working in Brazilian football and it's an excellent opportunity for all."

Ramalho also stressed the importance of Neymar being given the same free role for the national side as he fills for Santos, declaring: "I have to leave him free to attack and the Selecao should also do so."

Neymar netted for Santos in their Copa Libertadores victory over Penarol in June, striking in the second-leg of the 2-1 aggregate victory, and his club recently stressed their desire to retain the player until at least after the 2011 Club World Cup, which takes place in December.