I'll be in Brazil World Cup squad: PSG's Lucas

Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:02pm EDT
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By Olivier Guillemain

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain forward Lucas is confident he will be part of the Brazil squad when they host the 2014 World Cup, despite coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's warning that he needs to be playing regularly for his club.

Lucas, who left Sao Paulo in January for a fee that media reports put at 45 million euros ($61.97 million), has started only five of PSG's 11 Ligue 1 games this season and has been left out of Brazil's squad for next month's friendlies against Honduras and Chile.

"It is true I am not a regular starter but at PSG there is a lot of turnover," Lucas told Reuters in an interview.

"When I step on to the pitch I feel good and I don't think that this situation will prevent me from playing in the World Cup."

In August, Scolari warned his players they had to be playing for their clubs if they wanted to be included in the squad for next year's finals in Brazil.

Lucas has played in all three of PSG's Champions League games this season but twice started on the bench as coach Laurent Blanc preferred Ezequiel Lavezzi.

With an attack boasting Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is no surprise he is down the pecking order at the French champions although he says joining the club has helped his game.

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Brazilian national soccer team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari waves during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes