Neymar’s father has revealed he wants his son to play for Barcelona – but only after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Neymar is one of the most promising youngsters on the planet and has been linked with a big-money move to numerous European clubs in recent months.
While Premier League trio Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest in the talented youngster, it is Barcelona who appear to be in the driving seat for his signature.
According to reports, the Catalan club have already made a down payment to Santos for Neymar’s services of around €10 million, and have the option to pay a further €30 million to take him to the Nou Camp if they so wish.
Although he did not coment on any agreement with Barca, Neymar da Silva has confirmed his son will leave Santos at the end of his contract in 2014 – after the World Cup in Brazil in the same year – and said he wants him to join Barcelona when eventually heads to Europe in order to follow in the footsteps of his heroes Ronaldo and Romario.
"He wants to play in Europe," he told Sport.es
"We reduced his contract from 2015 to 2014 so that he can play there. But he is staying until the World Cup to allow Brazilian football to grow again."
"I believe Barcelona is the best path. Barcelona's football is like that of Neymar. They score from inside the penalty area like Neymar.
"We have to wait. Maybe Barcelona won't want Neymar in 2014.
Neymar da Silva hinted at an agreement with Barcelona, but wouldn’t be drawn on the issue any further.
"How can I say now that Neymar wants to go to Barcelona? The club can't say anything either. It's better that everyone stays quiet for now."