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Brazil 'not obliged' to win Copa America, says Neymar

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

has rejected claims that the five-time champions are obliged to win this year's Copa America as competition hosts.

The world's oldest continental international tournament will begin in on June 14, less than a year after Brazil's quarterfinal loss to in Russia, reports

Also sure to be vivid in the players' memories is the last time hosted a major tournament in 2014, when the Selecao were dumped out of with a 1-7 semi-final defeat to

"We're not obliged to win. Obviously the pressure increases because we are playing at home ... we have a great chance," told

"We are one of the teams with a chance to win but nothing is obligatory. We will be playing to win and, if we do that, it would be incredible for the country. It's our objective to win. It's what I want and what the fans want. But we have to play well and if we aren't at our best it's going to be difficult."

is currently in as he continues his recovery from a sustained while playing for Saint-Germain in January. The 27-year-old will return to the French capital this week and is expected to be fit to play again in April.

The former and forward did not dismiss speculation linking him with Real but said he is currently focused only on Saint-Germain.

"They (Madrid) are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Any would be interested in playing there. I am very happy at PSG. But no one knows the future," he said.



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First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 15:16 IST