James parts ways with Cherries

March 12, 2013

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 Brazil.

While speculation continues unabated about a move to Europe, Neymar intends to see out his current deal, at least, with Santos.

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 year.

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.