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Ganso dreaming of Club World Cup glory

Midfielder Ganso is hoping his partnership with Neymar can help Santo win the Club World Cup in Japan next week.

The Brazilians will leave for Asia on Monday and are scheduled to begin their campaign at the semi-final stage against either Monterrey or the winner of a play-off between Auckland City and a participant from the host nation.

Santos have never won the competition in its present incarnation, but lifted the Intercontinental Cup twice in 1963 and 1963.

“Of course we are anxious to begin,” Ganso told Radio Globo. “It is natural, but we are more than ready. I hope we can win the title with one of my passes for Neymar to score the winner.”

Team-mate and friend Neymar recently committed his future until 2014 to Santos, but Ganso said he would put off making a decision about his own future until after the Club World Cup.

“My future is Santos. The directors have offered me a new contract and I have told the president that we can talk after the tournament,” he said.

“We have this vital competition and I don’t think this is the right time (for discussions). When we return, we will talk about it. The most important thing is that I want to participate in the club’s centenary year (in 2012).”

The Brazil international, who has endured an injury-disrupted 2011, has previously been the subject of transfer speculation linking him to Inter, AC Milan and Corinthians.

Wed 30 November, 2011
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