Andrey Santos, the 18-year-old Chelsea star, has been left in tears after receiving his first ever call-up to Brazil’s national squad. Santos is one of nine uncapped players in the 23-man squad for the March international break. The young player’s call-up comes after an incredible tournament with Brazil’s U20s side, where he captained the team to a South American Championship win last month and was the joint-top scorer with six goals.
Chelsea fans are becoming increasingly excited about their young prospect, who has yet to start a game for the club or even get his work permit yet. However, he could make his international debut before the end of the month when Brazil take on Morocco in a friendly, the Samba Boys’ only game during this international break.
Under 20 boss Ramon Menezes is managing the side on an interim basis after Tite’s resignation following Brazil’s underwhelming World Cup. He has opted for a younger squad and has made some bold calls, leaving out more senior players who have not got a look in as Menezes opts for youthful inexperience. Arsenal pair Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli have both missed out despite enjoying brilliant seasons for their club. Defender Gabriel also missed out on the World Cup squad.
Santos was one of a number of stars signed by Chelsea during their January spending spree. He was recruited for £18m from Vasco da Gama but was loaned back to the Brazilian club due to his work permit issues. The midfielder’s call-up is a testament to his talent and potential, and Chelsea fans are eagerly anticipating his future performances for both club and country.
In addition to Santos, Tottenham defender Emerson Royal and Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes have also been called up to the Brazil squad. Meanwhile, the likes of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Juventus right back Danilo have been left out.
Santos reacted to the news of his call-up with a crying emoji and the Brazil flag on his Twitter page. His emotional response is a reflection of the significance of this achievement for him and his family, as well as his dedication to his craft.
The young player’s call-up is a reminder of the importance of investing in youth development and providing opportunities for young players to showcase their talents on a global stage. Santos’ success is a testament to his hard work, determination, and commitment to his craft, as well as the support and guidance of his coaches and teammates.
As Santos prepares for his potential international debut, he will undoubtedly be feeling a mix of nerves, excitement, and pride. However, he can take comfort in knowing that he has already achieved something remarkable at such a young age, and that his future is bright with endless possibilities.