Barcelona star Neymar has dealt a huge blow to any potential suitors by revealing that he does not see himself leaving the Camp Nou any time soon.
Neymar is currently involved in ongoing talks with the Catalan club over a new contract, but he insisted that he is happy at the Camp Nou, per Brazil’s Globo (via Sport): “I don’t see myself outside of Barcelona. I am very happy at Barcelona. It’s a team in which I feel at home. I get on with my team-mates very well. I don’t see myself leaving Barcelona.”
Per Shaun Custis in the Sun, Manchester United have long been interested in signing the 24-year-old phenomenon, but Neymar’s latest comments suggest the Red Devils should look elsewhere for their next superstar.
It has always seemed unlikely that Neymar would be interested in moving away from Barcelona as he could not have any better prospects elsewhere.
He has become one of the world’s biggest stars at the La Liga giants and Luis Enrique’s side could well win an astonishing second consecutive treble this season.
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Neymar has played a big role in their recent successes, scoring 20 goals and providing 10 assists as Barca have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of La Liga this season, per WhoScored.com.
Custis’ report indicated United were willing to pay Neymar £75 million over five years to move to Old Trafford.
But the Red Devils are a less attractive club than they once were having fallen some way from their previous lofty position in the European hierarchy.
Meanwhile, the latest reports have suggested Neymar is set to become Barca’s second-highest-paid player—behind Lionel Messi—when he signs his new deal, per COPE (via Goal.com).
Neymar’s partnership with Messi and Luis Suarez has flourished even more this season, and they are now arguably the greatest front three of all time, per Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe:
Between them they have netted more than 100 goals in 2015-16, per Squawka:
Goals across all competitions this season:
Real Madrid (104)
Bayern Munich (91) pic.twitter.com/U4DY6euSjJ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 12, 2016
The Brazilian captain recently told Goal that he has a “strong bond” with Messi and Suarez, another reason it seems so unlikely that he would want to leave the club.
Neymar could now put Barca fans at ease that he is happy with the Blaugrana, while the United faithful have surely given up hope of seeing him move to Old Trafford.