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Opinion: Leandro Damiao will stay in Brazil for another year

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Leandro Damiao is a modern day number nine who is tipped to make it big with Brazil in next year's World Cup.

Even though an injury had ruled him out of the Confederations Cup at the last minute, he is still expected to make it big in Brazil after his flying start at such a young age.

Damiao who starred in the London Olympics for Brazil has been a long-term target of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Serie A club Napoli was also interested in his services, following Edinson Cavani's move to Paris Saint-German.

French side Marseille had also targeted the Brazilian international but couldn't land the dynamic number nine.

The player who rose into prominence with the rainbow flick and goal at international stage remains at International as he hopes to make his mark at next summer's marquee event.

None of these teams could convince Damiao to part ways with his current club.

Damiao himself had suggested that it will take a sizeable offer from a club to convince him to join their ranks.

His club had taken even a tougher stand rejecting their partner club Tottenham Hotspurs' approach over the years.

Even though his club mate Oscar moved to Chelsea last season and established himself at Premier League, none of the teams could lure him to England, thus making Liverpool's chances of securing him even slimmer.

Another important aspect which can extend Damiao's stay in Brazil can be next summer's World Cup.

Even though he is tipped as the long term heir for the Selecao's number 9 shirt, Fred's goalscoring form and recent performances has made it his position to loose.

His last minute injury opened the way for Jo to make an instant impact at the Confederations Cup as well.

Then there are the likes of Alexander Pato and co. who returned to Brazil aiming for the World Cup. With the competition for places at a high, a wrong move could jeopardise his career.

A move abroad with a year remaining for World Cup can back fire heavily if he finds the going tough at his new home. Especially in a tough and physical Premier League where Brazilians are expected to take time to settle.

Damiao isn't assured of a spot in the Brazil football team and he will definitely think twice before making a move as he had waited for long to make the right move.

Currently Liverpool aren't considered as a top dog in the market and it's attractiveness has gone down over the years.

If Damiao was unwilling to force a move to Tottenham or Arsenal, it would require a herculean task for Liverpool to convince him.

Especially when they do not have any European competitions to show for next season as the player aims to compete for top honours. 

In all likelihood Damaio is set to remain as an International player till next summer.

What happens then can be left to everyone's imagination depending on the World Cup. Are Liverpool going to suffer yet another setback in this transfer window?

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