Neymar: I’m not ready for Barcelona

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Santos superstar Neymar has dismissed rumours of a move to Barcelona and insisted the time for a move to Europe is not right, though admitted it was his dream to play there eventually.

The new talisman of Mano Menezes' Brazil side has been the centre of transfer rumours for nearly two years, with the latest reports suggesting he was almost certainly heading to the Camp Nou.

Neymar famously pulled out of a move to Premier League side Chelsea in 2010 and his club have had to move heaven and earth to put together a contract to keep him out of clutches of Europe’s biggest sides

Even though a switch to La Liga or the Premier League appears inevitable at some stage, Neymar is content where he is at the moment.

“I'm happy here in Brazil, I'm happy at Santos. I have a dream of playing in Europe, but it's still not the right moment,” the 20-year-old said in an interview with Reuters.

There have been suggestions that Santos want to keep him in Brazil until the 2014 FIFA World Cup is hosted in that country.

The idea behind this could be to build something of a legend around him ahead of what is being seen as Brazil’s inevitable glory in their native land.

It is unlikely the Camp Nou side will have a free run to sign Neymar when he does become available, as clubs such as Real Madrid and big spenders Manchester City will likely be ready to pay the expected large sums – not to mention Chelsea maybe trying to bring him to Stamford Bridge at the second attempt.

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