Brazilian 1970 World Cup winner and teammate of Pele Carlos Alberto believes Neymar will be an amazing footballer, but the youngster first needs time to grow and mature.
“His potential is very big. He is a very, very good player,” Alberto said of the Chelsea target.
“Of course, because of his age, he has no experience yet and he makes mistakes. I believe in him and I think he will be a very good player.”
Neymar has been linked to Chelsea on numerous occasions, particularly after impressing on the world stage in a friendly with Scotland where he bagged two goals. According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea put forward an offer of £30 million, which was rejected by Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro de Oliveira, who has made his intentions to hold on to the 19 year old clear.
“[Neymar] has developed into a player who represents the best of Brazilian football- being audacious, skillful, effective, attacking- he is going to become a key figure in the history of Brazilian football,” the president said.
"He is going to gain international recognition, and maybe get chosen as the best player in the world, playing in Brazil. This is something that hasn't happened since Pele's day, and he has a golden chance.”