"He's technically a very good player and he's able to receive the ball in tight areas. He's comfortable with a ball, as you would expect from a Brazilian player."
Hughes added: "We're a little bit frustrated by the fact that he's gone to the Olympics, ideally we'd have preferred him to stay with us, but we have to respect that. It's a high profile competition and we look on it as something positive.
"The type of players Brazil are taking with them shows that it's viewed in a great light in their country.
"He's part of a very select few players who've been given the opportunity to win the Olympics for Brazil, which they have never done, so I think he'll benefit from the experience."