Rio de Janeiro, Dec 28 (IANS) Zenit St. Petersburg and Brazil striker Hulk has vowed not to give up his place in the national side's starting line-up without resistance.
Currently on vacation and speaking from his home in Joao Pessoa, the attacker said he hoped the change in command at the helm of the Brazilian side would not affect his role in the team. Last month Luiz Felipe Scolari replaced Mano Menexes as head coach, reports Xinhua.
"I hope to continue playing for the Selecao and to show Felipao (Scolari) that I can be an important player for the Brazilian team," he said.
Hulk divulged that he has not yet had a chance to speak with Scolari in his new role as Brazil coach, but has met him previously and enjoys an excellent relationship with the former Palmeiras and Chelsea manager.
"I have spoken many times with Scolari in the past and he has always treated me very well. Many of my friends have worked with him and they speak very highly of his character," he added.
Hulk's ambition for 2013 is to be an integral part of the Brazilian squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup to give himself an excellent chance of being involved in the country's World Cup bid the following year.