Neymar has not agreed to sign for Barcelona in the summer transfer window, according to Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues, and the Brazilian club hope to convince the reported Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United target to pen a new contract.
Speculation surrounding the future of the 21-year-old continues to mount, with Barcelona defender Dani Alves fanning the flames further this week by claiming Neymar had already agreed to a transfer to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has also had his say on Neymar in the past 24 hours, stating that the Catalan giants are interested in signing the Brazilian when he becomes available.
Along with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been credited with approaches for Neymar in the past, although Santos maintain the young forward will not be going anywhere before the expiration of his contract.
Santos will now strive to keep Neymar in Brazil past the 2014 World Cup, and talks with the father of the player have already started, the club's vice-president has confirmed.
"The club’s managing committee has already decided, we intend to extend his contract beyond 2014, we are working to make that happen," Rodrigues told UOL.
"We have already opened talks with Neymar’s father, who denies there is any kind of agreement [with Barcelona] and we believe him. He said Neymar will be where he is happy.
"The news from [Dani] Alves isn’t anything new, Neymar is being sold every day, there is always news that he has been sold.
"They even say that Santos has received some money. It’s very common, but there is no negotiation between Santos and any other club."
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