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Neymar has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou.

Neymar tells father to reject all interest amidst desire to stay at Barcelona

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Barcelona superstar Neymar has instructed his father to ignore any interest from other clubs after confirming his future lies with Barcelona.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and even Real Madrid are all reportedly interested in the Brazilian’s services amidst doubt over his career at the Camp Nou.

However, the Daily Mail reports Neymar is focused on staying with Barcelona and while he is yet to sign a new deal with the Catalans, a contract extension is in the offing.

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Doubt first emerged over the 24-year-old's future in Catalonia amid allegations of tax evasion earlier this year, with his father revealing he rejected a number of advances for his son’s services.

Neymar has since been found guilty and been fined a reported €45 million.

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Problems have persisted for the Brazil captain, though, after becoming a recent scapegoat for Barcelona’s poor run of form which saw them lose three-straight games.

Neymar ended his goal drought against Deportivo La Coruna last week and scored another during his side’s 6-0 demolition of Sporting Gijon over the weekend, silencing his critics somewhat.

Fans still appear unsatisfied, however. Spanish publication Sport recently ran a pool asking: Would you sell Neymar for his buy-out clause of £150 million?

Of the 7,000 readers to answer, 61 per cent voted ‘yes’, suggesting his popularity is on the wane at the Camp Nou.

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Nevertheless, Barcelona’s bid to defend their La Liga title is back on track following victories over Deportivo and Sporting to an aggregate scoreline of 14-0.

Luis Enrique’s side sit top of the Spanish top-flight but only on goal difference, with Atletico Madrid also on 82 points and Real Madrid - who beat them in the most recent El Clasico - in third on 81 points.

Four games separate Barcelona from a second-consecutive league title, all of which fixtures they should comfortably win but for a major upset.

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And with in-form striker Luis Suarez at their disposal, there’s little doubt they have what it takes to fend off the challenge from those below them.

The Uruguayan has scored a quite remarkable eight goals in his last two matches - four in each - with his haul against Deportivo last Wednesday drawing necessary comparisons to the Brazilian Ronaldo.

Prior to Saturday’s dismantling of Sporting, Suarez had scored 49 goals in 48 games across all competitions, surpassing Ronaldo’s haul of 47 goals in 49 matches during the 1996/97 campaign.

However, the 29-year-old still has some way to go before beating Messi’s record tally of 73 goals in all competitions four years ago.

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La Liga
Luis Suarez
Football
Lionel Messi
Manchester United
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Neymar

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