James parts ways with Cherries
Neymar has revealed that Santos have offered him a new contract
in a bid to ward off interest in him from Europe.
The Brazilian star has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid,
Manchester City and Chelsea, among others, but his current club do
not think that his departure is definite.
“Santos have now offered us a deal for him to renew his
contract, but we will have to wait and talk to them,” Neymar’s
father and agent explained at the Laureus World Sports Awards in
While speculation continues unabated about a move to Europe,
Neymar intends to see out his current deal, at least, with
His father, also called Neymar, said: “It is very difficult to
see him leaving before 2013 although we will have to think about
what is best for him.”
The former England goalkeeper made 19 appearances for the League
One club since arriving from Bristol City in September last
The 42-year-old, who played his last game for the Cherries in a
3-1 defeat at Walsall in mid-January, has found it difficult to
force his way back into manager Eddie Howe’s first-team plans.
James started out at Watford in 1988 and during a career
spanning 25 years played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham,
Manchester City and Portsmouth.
He made his debut for England in a friendly against Mexico in
1997 and won a total of 53 caps for his country.
James, awarded an MBE in 2012, was recently linked with a move
to Iceland club IBV.