Neymar not getting involved in transfer tug-of-war

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Long-term Chelsea target Neymar admits that he is pleased to have garnered interest from a host of top European clubs, but says he doesn't want to become the subject of a conflict between potential suitors.

The comments come from amid continued speculation linking the talented Brazilian international with a move to Spain, as Barcelona and Real Madrid circle.

The Santos striker has a contract with his current club until August 2015, but also has a minimum fee release clause of €45million that is expected to be met when the transfer window reopens in January.

"I am pleased that two of the biggest clubs are interested in signing me," Neymar is quoted by AS. "But I don't want to get involved in a war between Barcelona and Madrid.


"Everything that I say can be misinterpreted, so what can I say about it? I don't want to offend anyone.

"The only thing that I can say is that anything won't happen until after the Club World Cup in December."

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has been credited with an interest in bringing the 19-year-old South American starlet to Stamford Bridge, but it appears Chelsea will face stiff competition from Spain for the player's signature.

A recent report suggested that Barcelona had agreed terms with Santos about a transfer in the summer of 2013, but the Brazilian club have since denied the rumour.

Real Madrid on the other hand are keen to lure Neymar to Santiago Bernabeu, and are hopeful of pipping both Barcelona and Chelsea after failing in their attempts to land him earlier this summer.

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