Brazil boss Tite says Bukayo Saka is the England player he’d take for his own team if he had the opportunity.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Speaking to The Times this week, Brazil manager Tite was asked which England player he would cap for Brazil if possible.

“I would go with (Bukayo) Saka, who finished this Premier League season with 11 goals,” Tite quickly answered. “I have a soft spot for fast, skinny legs. And he is the kind of player that you can never control.

“You may well try to pressure him, chase him wherever he goes, but you’ll never fully control his actions.”

Tite presumably watches a fair amount of Arsenal matches, thanks to the two Gabriels.

Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli have both been involved with the Brazil senior national side in the last year, with Magalhaes making the bench four times and Martinelli making his international debut in March.

So the Brazil coach will have caught plenty of Saka in action, and he clearly likes what he’s seen.

It’s always nice to receive praise from a neutral party, and the Arsenal youngster can be proud he’s making an impression. Particularly given all the competition in the England squad right now.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on May 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on May 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tite will have even more reason to watch Arsenal if the Gunners’ hierarchy get their way this summer, with the likes of Marquinhos and Gabriel Jesus linked with transfers.

That’s arguably why Jesus is even considering a move in the first place, so he can make sure he’s at the forefront of the manager’s thoughts ahead of the World Cup this winter.

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