Santos aiming to keep Neymar

Even though he stated earlier in the week that five clubs had

indicated they were willing to match the player’s release clause,

with one believed to be Chelsea, De Oliveira has now changed tack

and claims the 19-year-old will stay regardless and spearhead their

challenge in December’s Club World Cup. In a statement, he said:

“In light of continuous speculation in the national and

international press about the future of our player, I feel obliged

to communicate the departure of Neymar is non-negotiable. “Neymar

is a media phenomenon known throughout the world. His talent for

brilliant moves on the field is proportional to his charisma.” Real

Madrid have long been the favourites to land Neymar, but Oliveira

made a personal promise to the Santos fans that their star man will

not be leaving the Copa Libertadores champions. He said: “The fans

love Neymar, not only how he plays, but for his human qualities.

That love is shared by millions of other Brazilians who admire him

regardless of the club to which he belongs. “In any case, the

response of Santos is that we are not yet considering any offer for

his transfer. “Neymar will return to Santos (after the Copa

America) and we will make efforts to retain and keep him happy for

many years.” The player’s agent Wagner Ribeiro added: “There is

very little chance to go to Europe now. “It would not be good for

the boy. “The player is not a mercenary. It is not so simple that

he would take the money and leave. “He must be in agreement with

all conditions of the transfer.”