Not a day goes by without a ‘Neymar to Madrid’ story being published but the Brazilian forward has eased Barcelona’s concerns by insisting he is happy at the Catalan club.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Madrid have offered the 23-year-old an eye-watering €675,000-a-week contract to become the latest Galactico.
But Neymar isn’t keen on becoming the new Luis Figo - for now, at least.
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The Portuguese midfielder left Camp Nou for the Spanish capital in 2000 in a transfer that Barcelona supporters still vilify him for.
When Figo crossed the divide, he was taunted on his return to Barcelona as fans hung banners declaring Figo a ‘Traitor’, ‘Judas’ and ‘Mercenary’, and hurled objects towards him.
Neymar certainly knows what he’s in for should he join Los Blancos.
Also sparking rumours of his departure are constant rumblings over his Barcelona contract. According to ESPN, the ongoing court investigation into his signing from Santos in 2013 is stalling negotiations as player and club seek an extension on Neymar’s deal, which runs until June 2018.
Despite the Madrid rumours and prolonged contract discussions, all is well in the Neymar camp, the forward insists.
Happiness and health
He told BeIN Sport: “There is debate with it all - the renewal and everything - I am very happy in Barcelona, I have almost everything," reported ESPN.
“I have happiness and health. It is difficult to leave here because I have found a great city, a great club, some players from another planet and for me it’s difficult but we have to see everything.
“These are things that make it difficult to decide but we must be calm because I still have years at the club.”
Ballon d'Or contender
You have to wonder what Neymar means when he says he has “almost everything.” What more could he want? He’s plays football with the greatest players in the world, and receives millions of euros to do it.
Perhaps he’s referring to a first Ballon d’Or trophy.
Neymar is well on his way to lifting the coveted award. He has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season and plays a starring role in Barcelona’s lethal attack.
He continued: “Barcelona fans should stay calm because I am still at the club and we have many games left to win the treble.
“That is what we seek and work all day for Barca to be the best and the greatest.”