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March 20, 2017
Barcelona star Neymar has revealed his admiration for the Premier League and desire to play in the English top flight at some stage in his career.
He exclusively told Sarah Boyall of SunSport:
The Premier League is a championship that amazes me.
I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.
I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool—these are the teams that are always there fighting.
The Brazilian also admitted he would relish the opportunity to work with either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola as they are “high-level coaches,” and he singled out the division’s unpredictable nature as one of its biggest draws: “In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise.”
Neymar has accrued 14 goals and 23 assists in all competitions this season having enjoyed an excellent campaign, albeit less prolific than previous years.
Grup 14’s Rafael Hernandez hailed his contribution during Barca’s sensational UEFA Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, in which he netted a brace and provided two assists:
Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117
Neymar, from going to PSG last summer to absolutely ending them at the Camp Nou tonight.
This is the moment that will define his career.
3/8/2017, 9:47:14 PM
Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117
Emery managed to cage Messi again, but wasn’t able to hold Neymar and his players crumbled under pressure.
3/8/2017, 10:13:03 PM
On Sunday, he celebrated a significant and impressive milestone:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
500 career appearances for @neymarjr
And he just celebrated his 25th birthday last month https://t.co/a2S4to5NnI
3/20/2017, 3:00:01 AM
The forward has made good on the “wonderkid” label he arrived at the Camp Nou with and has developed into one of the best players in the world, matching incisive play, creativity and an eye for goal with his skilful dribbling and technique.
His chemistry with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi is a joy to behold, and he is undoubtedly the heir apparent to the latter’s throne at Barcelona if he opts to spend his career there.
He certainly looks set to be there for several more seasons after putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract in October, but he could still potentially move to the Premier League while still in his prime.
Manchester United are the English side that have perhaps been most heavily linked with Neymar in the past, with reports as recent as last month suggesting they could try to sign him with a world-record £200 million transfer fee, per Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express.
Speculation is only likely to increase in light of these quotes from the Brazil international, and he may indeed make the move in the future, but for the next year or two at least, he’s unlikely to be leaving the Catalan giants.