There has not been a single day that the tabloids have come up with a new story about the future of Neymar. There were widespread reports in the press recently suggesting that Spanish giants Barcelona have already paid Neymar’s parent club Santos €10 million in order to secure the services of the youngster. Incidentally, Barcelona’s recent finances showed that €10 million were mysteriously missing from the accounts, which only added fuel to the fire.
However, Neymar’s father insisted that his son will leave Santos for European football in 2014, with Barcelona being their current preference. Talking in an interview with Catalan sports daily Sport, he said:
“He (Neymar) wants to play in Europe. We have reduced his contract from 2015 to 2014 so he can go then. Until the World Cup he will help to give Brazilian football the opportunity to improve once again. That said, you never know what happens next and he might have to leave early.”
“I believe Barcelona is the best route. Barcelona’s football is similar to Neymar. They score goals from inside the area, like Neymar. But, we have to wait. It may be that Barça don’t want him in 2014. But how can I comment on the desires of my son now? The club also can’t say anything. This is the time to be quiet.”