David Neres is happy he decided to turn down a move to China in January in order to remain at Ajax.

The winger found himself in and out of Erik ten Hag’s side at the start of the season and Guangzhou Evergrande made a €50 million offer for the Brazilian in January.

Neres stayed in Amsterdam, won his place back in the Ajax line-up and was a key player on their route to the Champions League semi-finals. He is now a starter for Brazil at the Copa America.

Speaking to AD, Neres looked back on the offer from China, “They made a good offer and it was tempting, because I didn’t play everything in the first half of the season. I wondered what was best for me. If I had gone to China, things would have turned out differently.

“I didn’t want to miss the rest of the season. We then won against Real Madrid and Juventus and I now play in the national team. I think I made the right choice.”

Neres is feeling some pressure playing in the Copa America in Brazil but he is determined to win the trophy, “There is a lot of pressure on Brazil to win the Copa América. That feels tough, but we have to live with it. I have faith in our team and I know they can use me. I want to show even more in the following games so that we get what we want: the cup.”

Neres played the opening game of the tournament that saw Brazil defeat Bolivia 3-0.




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