Chelsea’s ‘New Pele’ target talks as plot thickens

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Brazilian starlet Neymar has commented publicly on a possible move to the Barclays Premier League, saying he wants to concentrate on Copa America selection for now and worry about moving to Europe later.

Neymar said his future "…is in God’s hands, and I do not know what happens in June. I have to work hard to be called up for the Copa America."

The 19 year old was very humbled by the interest shown from big European clubs, with Chelsea the front runner for the starlet’s signature after Neymar shined for Brazil in their 3-0 defeat over Scoltand in a recent friendly.


"It’s nice that my work is appreciated", Neymar said.

"But we are the boys of the Villa [Santos' academy] and we like to play together and put on a show."

Santos President Luis Alvaro Ribeiro de Oliveira recently refuted any claims that Neymar, who has been dubbed the New Pele, would be moving to the Barclays Premier League, telling reporters: “[Neymar] has developed into a player who represents the best of Brazilian football- being audacious, skillful, effective, attacking- he is going to become a key figure in the history of Brazilian football.”

But the Daily Mirror reported that Chelsea were not turned off by the President’s comments, planning a £30 million offer for the Brazilian.

And despite Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti saying he wasn’t interested in Neymar, Chelsea owner Roman Ibramovich is reportedly going after the striker anyway.

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