Neymar has ended any hope of any European club aiming to get the signature of Brazil’s wonder kid as he expressed his desire to milk out his contract with Brazilian club side Santos which will keep him there till 2014.
One of world football’s most sought-after young talents, who has turned the eyes of the world to his direction with his superfluous moves on the field of play, has had some of the biggest clubs in Europe seek his service but he decided to snub lucrative moves to Europe.
Barcelona were widely believed to be the frontrunners to sign the striker, though Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest.
Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro revealed earlier this month that a proposed move to Stamford Bridge over the summer never materialized, while Man City boss Roberto Mancini has said he would discuss Neymar’s situation with new director of football Txiki Begiristain.
Neymar himself has always been keen to play down any talk of a move to Europe, stressing the benefits of developing his game in the Brasileirao.
That has not stopped the speculation, however, and the forward appeared exasperated when he was quizzed about his future in New Jersey, where he is with the Brazilian national team for a friendly with Colombia.