Brazil boss Tite wishes he could pick Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka as part of his squad as he has “a soft spot for fast, skinny legs”.
The England international has 12 goals and seven assists in all competitions for the Gunners this season as they narrowly missed out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Tite has Rodrygo, Raphinha, Malcom, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa and a number of other attacking options out wide for the Selecao but he would love to have Saka too.
When asked who out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad he would like in his Brazil team, Tite told The Times: “I would go with [Arsenal’s Bukayo] Saka, who finished this Premier League season with 11 goals. I have a soft spot for fast, skinny legs. And he is the kind of player that you can never control.
“You may well try to pressure him, chase him wherever he goes, but you’ll never fully control his actions.”
Saka – who has been called up by Three Lions boss Southgate for three Nations League matches next month – has played 3844 minutes for Arsenal and England this season.
Speaking at the weekend about Saka’s minutes this season, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “He needs a break, that is for sure. He has played a lot of minutes this season and he played a lot of minutes last season.
“You expect your important players to do so, to have that ability and show the quality that Bukayo has shown consistently throughout the season.
“But obviously you have to bear in mind that at some stage he needs to rest. That is something we really need to think about, the …