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Neymar wants to join Barcelona, says Santos vice-president

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Neymar has decided to join Barcelona according to the vice-president of Santos Odilio Rodrigues, bringing two years of speculation to an end.

The 21-year-old striker is understood to have agreed the move last week and will link up with the Catalan giants following the Confederations Cup in Brazil, according to South American newspaper O Globo and Sky Sports News.

Odilio Rodrigues, vice-president of Neymar's current club Santos, has told reporters: "Neymar has told us he wants to sign for Barcelona.

"There are other proposals but he has preferences for Barca. There is no official Madrid proposal for Neymar but we know that this offer will come. We held conversations in Spain with the Barca board of directors.”

Rodrigues explained: "We know that the athlete's opinion is important. What we have to do is find a way to unify the best offer with the player's interests."

Neymar, who had claimed he would not leave Brazil before his home World Cup in 2014, has been a permanent fixture of Luis Felipe Scolari's Brazil squads. Meanwhile, the former Chelsea boss is full of praise for the youngster.

"He is an example to follow as a sportsman," the coach stated. "He would be a great signing for Barcelona and he really is an example to follow.

"Barcelona are clearly leading the race for his signature. He would be an idol for the fans next season alongside Lionel Messi," Scolari added.

Elsewhere, with the deal expected to be ratified in the coming days, Messi has fuelled the anticipation by suggesting that Neymar would be a "wonderful signing" for the La Liga champions, in an interview with TV channel Qatar Alkass.

Neymar's move to the Nou Camp is set to disappoint a long line of European clubs that have been linked with the starlet, including Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United, in a testament to the player's ability. 

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