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Chelsea target should pick Barcelona - Robinho

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AC Milan forward Robinho has advised friend and compatriot Neymar to choose Barcelona over Real Madrid and Chelsea when he finally decides to leave Santos.

The 19-year-old Brazilian sensation has commanded plenty of interest in recent months, but has chosen to stay with his boyhood club until 2014 before pursuing a transfer to Europe.

Neymar recently shunned interest from both La Liga giants as well as Chelsea in order to pen a new deal with the South American club.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of Neymar's and is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge, but it now appears that Chelsea will face an uphill battle to secure his signature - even more so after Robinho's comments.

"He should go to Barcelona, without doubt, because his style of play would suit them much more," he is quoted as saying by Sport. "There is no vanity among the Barca players.

"In Madrid when a player is in front of goal it is much harder to be given the ball. At Barcelona it is not. He would be appreciated much more there."

Neymar has been praised for his decision to commit himself to Santos for another three seasons, rather than being motivated by money and joining a high-profile European side like Chelsea immediately.

"My circumstances and his are different," added Robinho. "Economically going to Madrid was a very good decision for me.

"Only time will tell if staying in Brazil was a good decision for Neymar. If it was my time again I would not leave now.

"When I saw the name Real Madrid I thought that they were the best in the world. I arrived there and found that things were very different."

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