Neymar denies Barca talks

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Brazilian sensation Neymar has dismissed speculation that he held talks with Barcelona over a move on Tuesday.

Reports in Spain had claimed that Barca's director of football, Raul Sanllehi, had met with the 19-year-old whilst shooting a commercial in the Catalan capital.

However, Neymar told publication AS that no such meeting took place, although he did admit his father could have spoken to club representatives whilst in Zurich for the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on Monday night.

"I did not meet with Barcelona. I keep being a player of Santos. It is possible that my father saw them in Zurich," said the teenage forward.

"[Daniel] Alves has said good things about Barca and Marcelo about Real Madrid. Each player defends their club."

Neymar, who is contracted at the Vila Belmiro for another three years, has stated in the past that he plans to stay in Brazil until they host the World Cup in 2014.

That hasn't stopped countless clubs across Europe being linked, with Chelsea and Inter Milan thought to be two of the sides looking to rival their Spanish opponents.

The player also comes with glowing recommendations from a number of players, and after scooping the Puskas Award for the Goal of the Year at the FIFA Awards ceremony, Brazilian legend Ronaldo tipped the youngster to eclipse Lionel Messi - who scooped his third Ballon d'Or on the night.

"Neymar cannot just reach Messi, he can be better. He has too much talent to stay only in Brazil," said the former Barca great.

"He is a talent that we have to export and allow him to dominate the world, to own it playing the game that he does.

"The prestige and competition in European football is massive."

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