Menezes says Neymar should go play in Europe


SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil coach Mano Menezes says Neymar needs to play to Europe to gain more experience and improve as a player.

In an interview with the daily O Globo on Sunday, Menezes said a move to Europe would help Neymar "develop" his game and allow him to gain more "respect."

Neymar's club Santos responded by saying the coach should praise the player for wanting to stay in Brazil despite many offers from top European clubs.

Menezes also said a good performance by Brazil at the Olympics in London is important to give the team confidence ahead of the 2014 World Cup that the South American nation will host.