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Samba star's stock is rising by the game

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Chelsea target Neymar further reinforced the reasons why he is being courted by the west Londoners, with two goals for Brazil as they defeated Ecuador to progress to the quarter-final of the Copa America.

The 19-year-old's brace represented his first competitive goals for his country, while AC Milan's Alexandre Pato was also at the double during a 4-2 win.

Three points was enough to see the Samba stars top Group B, with an encounter against Paraguay awaiting in the last eight.

Chelsea supporters and hierarchy would have also been keen to see how Ramires and David Luiz fared against Ecuador, with the former playing the full 90 minutes and the latter an unused substitute.

It was, though, Neymar who predictably took the plaudits, with the teenage forward claiming he is now able to replicate his form for Santos on the international stage.

"I played today with a lot of calm, I played my own game. I managed to get on top of them and scored two goals," the youngster told reporters after the match.


 

"I have always done that for Santos, and today I was able to do it for the Selecao. It feels good."

Chelsea have reportedly made an enquiry as to the availability of Neymar, with his compatriots now doubt keen to see him join them at Stamford Bridge.

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