Barcelona have been keen to sign Brazil star Neymar for some time now.
Santos’ vice-president Odilio Rodrigues recently confirmed that his club had rejected a bid from the Catalans for Neymar, as the offer by the Spanish titans was not beneficial to the Peixe.
But Barcelona are set to throw the dice again in attempt to sign the 21-year-old sensation as early as possible. Yet, although some suggest that the newly-crowned La Liga champions could land Neymar at the Nou Camp this summer, the player and his father have indicated otherwise.
"I am happy here [at Santos],” Neymar told Globo Esporte. “I have already told you. Unless I die, this game [against Corinthians on Sunday] is not my last game.”
Santos were held 1-1 in the Paulista A1 at the weekend, in a game where the prized striker did not manage to score despite playing the full 90 minutes.
“If people are saying other things, then they know more than I do,” Neymar continued, as he lashed out at unsubstantiated reports. “Many people say what they want without knowing anything. But this is how things are.”
His father Neymar da Silva Santos also echoed his son’s decision, as he told Radio Bandeirantes: “Our position is to stay until the end of the contract [in 2014], and we have not heard that Santos are in negotiations to sell Neymar.”
Indeed, the respected Brazilian club is keen on holding on to their striker, but vice-president Odilio Rodrigues believes that the imminent pile of tempting transfer requests for Neymar will make it difficult for the forward to stay true to his words.
“We can't predict if Neymar will stay or not. In reality, we hoped he stayed until 2014; but apparently it's hard due to the offers he received,” Rodrigues said.
However, he went on to underline the freedom they had given to their superstar, adding: “If an offer that is good for Santos comes and the player wants to go, we have to consider it.”
Europa League winners Chelsea have expressed interest in the player, along with Spanish giants Real Madrid and French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, it is Barcelona who are most likely to get lucky, as Neymar himself has shown preference for the Catalan club on several occasions.
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