Nottingham Forest star Danilo set for Brazil recall

Nottingham Forest star Danilo set for Brazil recall after the £16m midfielder played a key role in keeping Steve Cooper’s side in the Premier League

  • Forest signed the 22-year-old from Brazilian club Palmeiras back in January
  • Danilo has since impressed with his Samba swagger in Forest’s survival bid
  • They secured Premier League football for another year with win over Arsenal 

Nottingham Forest midfielder Danilo is being lined-up for a Brazil recall following an impressive start to his Premier League career.

The 22-year-old has emerged as a key figure in Steve Cooper side’s survival push since his £16million arrival from Palmeiras in January.

And the Brazil Football Confederation have been alerted to Danilo’s excellent displays for the City Ground side since the turn of the year, with sources claiming the midfielder is now firmly on the South American nation’s radar.

Danilo was called-up by previous manager Tite for last summer’s friendly against Japan but hasn’t appeared for national team yet.

The midfielder has become the beating heart of Forest’s survival push; a man with Samba swagger and ferocious work ethic to match.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Danilo is in line for a return to the Brazil national team squad

Danilo (third from right) dons the Brazilian flag after Forest secured their top-flight survival

Arriving from Brazil in the January window the 22-year-old has wasted no time in acclimatising to the rigours of the Premier League.

The epitome of a box-to-box midfielder; full of drive, bursting with energy and all with a quality in possession that Brazil footballers seem to be born with.

Arsenal have twice tried to sign the midfielder, most recently last summer, but have for various reasons fallen short.

The Gunners’ loss is fast becoming Forest’s gain. He has already scored three goals in his 13 starts for Forest since signing, and provided two direct assists.

But it is his all-round performances in Forest’s engine room that have really caught the eye. It’s no wonder Forest’s form has picked up since his signing.

Not that his performances will be surprising those in his native Brazil, who have long admired his attributes.

Former team-mate Dudu said in April: ‘For me, he needs to play in the Premier League. I always tell him, ‘you have to play at Manchester United, at Arsenal.

‘It’s at those clubs. But you have to be calm, you have to have your head in place. He’s a player who marks, who arrives in the attack, who builds play for the offensive midfielders, who helps in defending. For me, he is the complete player.’

Ramon Menezes is serving as the interim coach of Brazil after Tite left following the World Cup

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