Neymar denies Barcelona deal
Neymar denies latest claims over Barcelona agreement
Santos star Neymar has dismissed speculation surrounding an agreement with Barcelona.
Catalan publication Sport claimed on Monday that the Brazilian playmaker had penned a deal with the La Liga giants back in 2011.
However, the 21-year-old has once again moved to play down the reports linking him with a move to the Nou Camp, insisting his sole focus remains on Santos.
"I've said a thousand times that there is nothing certain with Barcelona. I'm a Santos player, this is all I have to say," he told Globo Esporte.
Club vice president Ordilio Rodrigues also waded into the debate, insisting the Peixe have no knowledge of any previous agreement.
"Santos denies absolutely the existence of that contract. We haven't known anything about that in any moment. Neymar hasn't signed a contract with Barcelona or any other team," he said, according to Sky Sports.
"We have an excellent relationship with Neymar's father and he never told us anything about that supposed contract or even any other.
"People need to know that it doesn't only depend on a team to be interested in Neymar, it depends on that if he wants to be transferred. It has three parts, the team that wants to buy, the team that accepts to sell and the player."
Neymar is amongst the most coveted players in world football, building a huge reputation on both the domestic stage with Santos and international scene with Brazil.
Regarded as his country’s great hope ahead of the home World Cup in 2014, Neymar has already represented the samba stars 30 times, scoring 17 goals in the process.
His club football future continues to fill column inches around the world, with Chelsea and Manchester City the Premier League clubs most heavily linked with a move.
However, he’s stressed his desire to remain in Brazil until the summer of 2014, and nothing appears to have changed in that regard despite the recent Barca suggestions.