Nottingham Forest star Renan Lodi has been called up to the Brazil squad by head coach Tite. The left-sided player will now be in the mix to play against Ghana and Tunisia at the end of September.
Forest defied the odds to get Lodi to the City Ground. After Omar Richards suffered a hairline fracture to his shin, the Reds moved quickly to add another option to their ranks.
Lodi had fallen down the pecking order at Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone had preferred other options in that position to start the season and the 24-year-old was keen to play.
The Brazilian had been with Los Rojiblancos for three years. He was signed from Athletico Paranaense and has made 118 appearances for the La Liga outfit.
Now, his challenge is to help Forest avoid relegation to the Championship. If he does that, the Reds will have an option to sign him for £25 million in the summer.
Lodi has been capped 15 times by his country, making his debut in October 2019, shortly after his move to Atletico. His last outing came in the Copa America Final of 2021 when Brazil were beaten by Argentina.
The Forest man has been called up in the absence of Alex Sandro. The Juventus man is nursing an injury and now the challenge for Lodi is to keep him out of the team.
Lodi called up to Brazil squad
The gauntlet has now been thrown down. Lodi should get a chance to play against either Ghana or Tunisia as Tite looks to shape his squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Crucially this will give Lodi the confidence to kick on at Forest. He has made two appearances for the Reds but he’s already showcased flashes of brilliance at left-sided wing-back.
Harry Toffolo was added to the ranks in the summer too. He won’t have come to sit on the bench and Lodi knows he must keep pushing on in order to retain his place in the team.
With Brazil now on his agenda, Lodi will be keen to hit top form in the coming weeks. That can only bode well for Forest and the Atleticoowned star should take confidence from Tite’s decision.