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Neymar: Transfer stories would make a good comic book

Neymar still happy at Santos. (©GettyImages)
Neymar still happy at Santos. (©GettyImages).

Reported Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea target, Neymar, has once again reiterated his commitment to current club Santos, saying he is still happy playing in Brazil, and that constant speculation that surrounds his future would make a good comic book.

Sky Sports reports how the 21-year-old forward is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in world football at the moment, and as such has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs.

Neymar has already spoken out numerous times to play down suggestions he is set to move this summer, intimating a desire to remain in his homeland until after the World Cup in 2014.

However, the player's insistence has down little to quash rumours, with La Liga giants Barcelona heavily linked with a bid for the Brazil international again in the past few days.

"They said I will go to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea. Those stories would make a good comic book," reflected Neymar in an interview with UOL. "Speculation has existed since I was little, so there isn't much to talk about.

"I won't change my speech. I'm happy at Santos, I want to stay, I have a contract with Santos and I intend to see it out."

Chelsea's chances of luring the South American talent to Stamford Bridge will be dented by his current stance, but you can bet that Roman Abramovich will continue to monitor Neymar's situation should it change.

Where he will eventually end up at this stage is anybody's guess, though his choice of transfer will be based on footballing decisions, according to the player's father - and agent - Neymar senior. 

"It's 100 per cent certain that Neymar will stay until the end of his contract. But later? We don't know yet," he told Globo Esporte.

"I think Neymar will have finished a stage in Brazil, playing a World Cup while playing here. Then, as a father, I think he has to think professionally and leave.

"He can choose some club in Europe, but we want him to see out his contract and if he happens to leave before that, it won't be our choice. It will be Santos'."

 

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