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Neymar open to Real Madrid or Barcelona move before 2014 World Cup

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Neymar undecided over future (©GettyImages)
Neymar undecided over future (©GettyImages).

Neymar has left the door open to a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona – and says he is unsure if he will leave Brazil before or after the 2014 World Cup in his home country.

The Santos forward has been heavily linked with a move to Europe in recent months, although he has remained adamant that he will stay in Brazil until making the switch to Europe after the World Cup in 2014.

Barcelona are believed to have a pre-agreement to sign Neymar and have reportedly made a €10 million payment to Santos with a view of taking him to the Nou Camp this summer or next year.

Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the 20-year-old in the past. Neymar, speaking at the Ballon d’Or Gala last night said he had not made his mind up over when he will move and who he will join.

"It is important to play in Europe but I don't know yet if I will go to Europe before or after World Cup,” he said.

“Barçelona or Madrid? Both are great clubs, the best in the world, but I haven’t signed a pre-contract with anyone."

Neymar did however hint at having a relationship with Barcelona by revealing his friendship with club president Sandro Rosell.

He said: "I know Sandro Rosell and I hope to see him later."

The Brazilian superstar was in Zurich last night for the Ballon d’Or Gala, where he was up for the FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year award.

The talented youngster missed out bagging the award for the second year running to Fenerbahce's Miroslav Stoch, who scooped the award for his stunning volley against Genclerbirligi last March.

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