Bruno Guimaraes is going to the World Cup with Brazil, and had hoped that he would be joined by Newcastle United teammate Joelinton.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a sensational 2022, fully transforming into a dominant centre-midfielder. He has carried on his form from last season into the new campaign, and has played a big part in helping Newcastle into third.
Joelinton was exceptional in Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, and was a contender to be named the Magpies’ man of the match. He was at his dominant best, and showcased the battling qualities needed to help us get over the line.
It was an outstanding performance, and a reminder to Tite that he is knocking on the door for the Brazil squad.
There was hope from Toon fans that Joelinton would be named in the 26-man squad for the tournament. However, the £40million man has not been included.
It’s a blow for the Brazilian, and Bruno has now spoken out about his friend’s international snub.
Bruno is ‘sad’ that Joelinton isn’t joining him in Qatar
Newcastle’s number 39 was interviewed for the matchday programme ahead of the game against Chelsea, and was asked about Joelinton not being called up for the World Cup.
“I hoped Joelinton would be in the squad with me,” he said.
“He’s a great player, playing really well here at Newcastle. He’s a player who has helped me a lot since I arrived. We have a great friendship. I see him as my brother.
“I’m sad for him, but he’s still young and he’ll have other opportunities to play in other World Cups. I don’t think it will affect his career – he knows how to handle it.
“Of course I’m sad for him, but he can think about the next World Cup and continue doing what he’s been doing as he contributes so much here at Newcastle.”
Joelinton’s time will come
While it was a shame to see Joelinton miss out, it wasn’t a surprise. He has never played for Brazil before, so it would have been a real shock to see him get his maiden callup for the World Cup in Qatar.
His performances have been excellent though, and Tite will know all about his form in black and white. The Brazil boss has been watching Bruno play so well for the Magpies, and has to have been impressed with Joelinton too.
It’s a shame that he hasn’t got the callup that his form deserves, but it will benefit Newcastle. It means he will be fit and raring to go when domestic football returns in December.
At 26, Joelinton still has time to represent his country. This will disappoint him, but surely it won’t be long before he is playing alongside his friend Bruno in a yellow shirt.