Santos offer Neymar new deal

  • By: Paulo Freitas
  • Last Updated: February 27 2013, 13:37 GMT

Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has denied rumours Barcelona have agreed a deal with Neymar and confirmed the club have opened talks over a new contract.

Neymar: Could extend his contract at Santos
Neymar: Could extend his contract at Santos

The Brazilian superstar is one of football's hottest properties and has been linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest clubs in recent months.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old in the past while rumours suggested Barcelona had come to an agreement to take him to the Nou Camp.

Earlier this month Barca full-back Dani Alves, an international team-mate of Neymar, urged the striker to make the move to the Catalan giants.

Santos have always insisted the forward will remain at the club until at least after the 2014 World Cup, due to be held in Brazil.

The club have now revealed they have opened negotiations over a new extended deal for the forward, playing down the earlier comments by Alves.

"The club's managing committee has already decided, we intend to extend his [Neymar's] 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 Daniel 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."

Meanwhile, Barca star playmaker Lionel Messi missed training today due to illness.

The club's doctors visited Messi at his home this morning, where they gave the Argentina ace medication and advised him to rest.

Barca announced on their website that the record-breaking forward had "gone down with a fever and is feeling generally unwell".

Barca have a day off tomorrow but will be hoping Messi can take part in Friday's final training session before their re-match with Madrid on Saturday.

Midfielder Xavi, who like Messi started last night's semi-final, was also absent from squad training today as he received physiotherapy.


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