Brazil legend Pele has admitted he urged Neymar to spurn the advances of Chelsea and Manchester City because he felt the Premier League wouldn't suit the forward's style of play.
According to the Daily Mail, Pele urged Neymar to move to La Liga over the English top flight, which the Brazil striker did in a €57m Barcelona deal earlier this summer.
Pele revealed he spoke to Neymar and his representatives last year, when the Santos star had offers on the table to play in the Premier League.
"I was lucky last year to meet with him, his employer and the president of Santos," said Pele.
"At that time he had the opportunity to play in England and I was one of those who voted against [the move] because he was beginning his career and for him in England the football is different, harder.
"In Barca the football is more technical and he has the opportunity to play at the best team in the world and with the best player in the world."
Neymar signed a five-year contract with Barcelona on Monday, and has already been paraded in front of the Nou Camp crowd.
He'll link up with Lionel Messi next season, in what promises to be one of the most exciting forward lines in the world.
The 21-year-old was linked with both Chelsea and Manchester City at different points over the past 12 months, having been first mentioned as a Blues target as far back as 2010.
A £50m offer from the Stamford Bridge side was thought to be on the table last summer, but Neymar opted to stay put.
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