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Blues target 'overjoyed' with deal

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Chelsea target Neymar has put an end to speculation about his immediate future by signing a new contract with Santos.

The Brazilian forward has been arguably the most sought after player on the planet in recent months, with Barcelona and Real Madrid also credited with genuine interest in his signature.

However, Neymar will now continue plying his trade at the Vila Belmiro until 2014 at least - a decision the 19-year-old is relieved to have made.

"I am delighted," he said. "It is one more decision that I have made in my life, together with my father and brother.

"I would like to thank the fans for the affection they have for me. I am overjoyed to be staying here until 2014.

"My goal is not to be the best in the world, it is to play in the best competitions. Santos are doing just that.

"They fought for the Copa Libertadores, they are going to play for the Club World Cup. Santos is a massive club, the best player in the world played here."

Neymar has confirmed, as suspected, that their was interest in his signature, although no club made a formal offer to Santos.

However, it is unclear whether Chelsea were one of the parties to have made an enquiry, although Real and Barca are thought to have done so.

"There was interest, but my father did not let me know of any concrete offers," he added.

"I heard about the interest. I have always said I wanted to stay here and I am very happy to be representing Santos and Brazil."

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