Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has admitted that he expects Neymar to sign a new contract with the club.
After a year where the Brazilian was shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or- he eventually lost out to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - Neymar has attracted significant attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Manchester United openly expressed their interest last summer; however, Enrique was quick to dispell any further speculation.
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Asked whether he thought the Brazilian would sign a contract extension, Enrique replied: “I think so, yes.”
Since signing in 2013, Neymar has reportedly been earning £200,000-a-week after tax and this looks certain to be increased soon. The forward has been in superb form this season scoring 16 goals in just 17 league games as part of European football's deadliest front three, alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.
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Speaking about Neymar in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, former England international Trevor Sinclair commented: "he seems to glide around. But he's starting to get the end product and he's starting to really look like a potential Ballon d'Or winner."
Were Neymar to challenge once more for the Ballon d'Or his toughest challenger in all likelihood would be Messi. Having claimed his fifth award earlier this month, the Argentinian has showed no signs of slowing down - he scored a brilliant winner against Malaga last weekend - unlike Ronaldo whose statistics increasingly indicate his decline.
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