Brazil’s president praises Neymar for staying

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is glad striker

Neymar is staying in Brazil despite a huge offer from Chelsea.

Silva says it is ”extraordinary” that Neymar decided to stay

with Santos despite being the target of a ?35 million offer from

Chelsea because it’s ”important to have the great stars playing in

Brazilian football.”

Silva also congratulated Santos directors for working hard to

pay Neymar and other young players enough for them to want to


The president, who met with Neymar and playmaker Paulo Henrique

Ganso on Monday, says other teams should follow Santos’


Last week, the 18-year-old Neymar extended his contract with the

Brazilian club until 2015.