‘The best Brazilian-born player since Neymar’ Chelsea sent exciting message

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CHELSEA’s new signing Estevao Willian is the best Brazilian-born player since Neymar, according to World Cup winner Branco.

Estevao has made just 22 senior appearances for Palmeiras but is quickly making an impact in his homeland and that prompted Chelsea to swoop in and bring him to the Premier League, although he will not be arriving until next season.

The announcement comes after reports over the weekend about a transfer potentially worth as much as £52m with the Brazilian club being struck. Estevao is has reportedly signed a nine-year contract until 2033 with the club.

And Branco, who was part of Brazil’s World Cup-winning squad in 1994 and is now the national team’s coordinator for the youth sides, predicts that Estevao could take the World Cup by storm in 2026.

‘It’s been a long time since we’ve had these kids there and Brazil has a spectacular generation,’ Branco told Canal WAMO.

‘Brazil for 2026 will arrive very strong, they’ll arrive with strength, speed and quality.

‘Estevao, for me, with all due respect to the others, this is something serious, something that I’ve never said and I’m going to say – since Neymar, he is the greatest player I’ve seen born in Brazil.

‘This is my opinion, you’ve seen him close, you know. This is Brazil, they’re all spectacular but this boy, his ceiling is a bit higher.’

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