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Neymar saga keeps Chelsea keen

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The curious case of Neymar continues to rumble on as speculation linking the player with a move to Europe continues to surface.

Santos tied the player down to a new contract in Brazil only last week, thus hoping to end speculation of a switch to either Spain or England.

But the reports continue to surface despite the player himself admitting he's happy to stay in his homeland.

"I am delighted. 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," he said of the deal.

"My goal is not to be the best in the world, it is to play in the best competitions. Santos are doing just that. There was interest, but my father did not let me know of any concrete offer."

That interest is predominantly thought to come from Barcelona and Real Madrid, with reports in the days since the new deal was signed contradicting each other with claims both have agreed deals to sign the player.

El Confidencial reports that Barca have agreed a deal to bring the 19-year-old to the Nou Camp in 2014, whilst Neymar denied a Madrid deal was done despite pictures of the club doctor landing in Sao Paulo for a 'medical' with the player.

AC Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala are also confirmed contenders, whilst Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the teenager talent.

But just how likely are the Blues to win this hotly-disputed race?

The signs don't look particularly good, with the club's name mentioned much fewer times in recent weeks compared to a summer of fervent speculation surrounding a Chelsea move.

The longer a move to Spain doesn't materialise though, the more realistic a chance Chelsea have of landing this attacking talent.

Madrid or Barca do seem the logical choice for Neymar, with easier language barriers to overcome as well as financial incentives for the highly-paid players in comparison to England.

However, the growing number of Brazilian internationals at Stamford Bridge gives AVB an opportunity to try and persuade the player that integration in the capital is not a problem, with David Luiz, Ramires and Alex all playing their part for club-and-country.

Despite the constant stories in the press, the simple truth of the matter is that few people, if any, no the future destination of Neymar, and that at least gives Chelsea a transfer chance should Roman Abramovich wish to bankroll an offer - which would have to be in the region of £35 million.

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