Neymar insists he’s more than happy at Barcelona but, the fact is, he still hasn’t put pen-to-paper on a contract extension.
The Brazil international’s current deal expires in 2018 and, despite all the talk of a renewal, it seems Barcelona are finding it tricky attempting to balance the books with so many big earners - including Lionel Messi, of course - at the Camp Nou.
Real Madrid and Manchester United are both trying to take advantage of the situation - and now Neymar has admitted he would love to work with Pep Guardiola, the revered Catalan coach who will leave Bayern Munich for a Premier League club - almost certainly Manchester City - this summer. If Barcelona fans were beginning to feel a little anxious, you couldn’t blame them.
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"Guardiola is a guy that I really admire and who I would love to work with," Neymar was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "It's tough to say if I want to play in other countries. Nobody knows tomorrow, but I'm very happy where I am right now, at Barcelona.
"I have the will to go back to Brazil some day and I also would like to play in the USA, those two countries are two where I want to play later on my career."
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Could Guardiola's arrival help Man City sign Neymar?
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all vying to secure Guardiola’s services, according to various reports, but it’s now very likely that the former Barcelona head coach will end up at the Etihad Stadium.
By the sounds of it, the arrival of Guardiola could also help City to secure the services of Neymar if Barcelona are unable to find the money to finance an improved contract.
Would Barcelona rather sell Neymar or Messi?
But is there a chance that Barcelona would prefer to offload Messi, who turns 29 in June, instead of the Brazilian superstar?
Neymar is five years younger than his teammate and looks destined to become the world’s best player. He finished third on the podium for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or earlier this month, but it would come as no great surprise if he finishes in pole position in 12 months’ time.
If Barcelona were forced to sell Neymar or Lionel Messi, which one should they choose? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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