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Chelsea boss admits Neymar defeat

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted defeat in the club's pursuit of Brazilian sensation Neymar.

The 20-year-old Santos starlet was heavily linked with a move to Europe in both the summer and January transfer windows, with Stamford Bridge cited as a possible destination for the 15-cap international.

However, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been trying to lure the forward away from south America, and whilst Neymar's future destination remains unclear, AVB believes that a decision is made and that west London isn't on the radar.

"I think that the Neymar matter is closed and locked in a safe," Villas-Boas told Spanish press at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

"He has decided his future and no-one knows where he will go. Unfortunately, he will not come to us."

The former Porto boss was at the ceremony in London just 24 hours after the 3-3 draw with Manchester United, whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was also in attendance and collected a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Sir Bobby Charlton.

It was an event which will have served as some rest-bite from the media glare currently surrounding Villas-Boas, who has welcomed owner Roman Abramovich to the club's Cobham training ground in the last few days.

However, rumours of a showdown between the pair have been played down as the Blues fight for a fourth place finish and Champions League football next season.

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