Zabaleta crucial to Richarlisons call up

first_imgFormer Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta has been credited with pointing out Richarlison’s talents and abilities to the Brazilian coaching crew.The West Ham United defender was crucial to Richarlison’s call-up to the Brazilian national team, according to assistant coach Sylvinho.The forward who moved from Watford to Everton during the summer transfer window for a reported £40million plus add-ons – received his first international callup for the national team for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in September, making his only start of four appearances so far against the latter, scoring twice in a 5-0 win.Sylvinho plays an important role in the selection process, and the former Manchester City player said his ex-team-mate Zabaleta was the man who brought Richarlison to his attention.“I have good friends on the continent, these guys who played with me help me,” Sylvinho told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“Zabaleta played against Watford and called me. He asked if we knew we had a spectacular player at Watford.”Zabaleta reveals this will be his last season in England Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The 34-year-old doesn’t know if he will retire at the end of the season or go play in a new country for a couple of years.“He said he was not just good, he was “very good”.“We’ve been monitoring him and he’s part of our plans, he can play at nine or on the sides.”“He’s been in Europe for seven years. He started in Udinese. In Napoli, he played with Sarri,” Sylvinho said about Napoli midfielder Allan.“You will not see a number of goals and throw balls, but he is dynamic, performs functions in the middle of the field. He’s here on merit.”last_img

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