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Scolari confirms Neymar discussions with Barcelona

Scolari reveals Neymar talks with Barca (©GettyImages)
Scolari reveals Neymar talks with Barca (©GettyImages).

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he's held talks with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the future of Santos star Neymar.

Scolari revealed he's spoken at length with Rosell regarding Neymar's ability to play for the Nou Camp club.

And the Brazil boss has no doubts as to the forward's talents, adding fuel to speculation he could be set for a summer move to Catalonia.

"He is an example to follow as a sportsman," Scolari said of Neymar when speaking to Canal+. "I have spoken to Sandro Rosell about how he behaves on the training pitch and about his personality. And he really is an example to follow.

"Barcelona are clearly leading the race for his signature. He would be a great signing for Barcelona.

"He would be an idol for the fans next season alongside Lionel Messi."

The Santos attacker is under contract until after the World Cup next year, but his Brazilian employers would not want to lose him on a free transfer.

The report claims he could be on the move this summer as a result, with Barcelona thought to be ready to hold talks with Neymar's representatives after the Confederations Cup.

Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues admitted earlier this month that the Nou Camp remains Neymar's preferred destination, despite reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea. 

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