Brazilian striker Neymar has revealed short-term transfer plans. The 20 year old striker, believed to be a future star, has confirmed he will remain with present club Santos in Brazil, despite interest from a number of elite European clubs, including Premier League champions Manchester City, European champions Chelsea and Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
"I am happy at Santos, with my family, son, friends, so it's not the moment to leave. That moment will come because I have the dream of playing in Europe since I was a kid, but that moment hasn't come yet. Today, I don't see myself playing for any other team [than Santos]," Neymar explained.
Neymar also admitted he was more focused on winning the 2013 Confederations Cup (scheduled to be held in Brazil next summer) than future transfers.
"I would be lying if I said I am not thinking about the Confederations Cup. I had two opportunities to play competitions for the national team, one in the Olympics and another in the Copa America, and I feel I am even more prepared now. I am very eager and I hope I will do a good job so we can win the title," the forward explained.
City's Opening Move
Neymar's comments come after City sent sporting director Txiki Begiristain to Brazil last week. The Mirror's report states the former Barcelona official has been tasked with identifying and signing young talent from South America. And his first move, according to Goal.com, may be to persuade Santos to let £50m-rated Neymar leave.
Neymar and Chelsea
The Brazilian striker earlier spoke of contact with Chelsea midfielder Oscar. The 22 year old attacking midfielder signed for the Stamford Bridge club in the summer but has remained in contact with his international team mate. And Neymar admits Oscar has been persuading him to sign for the West London club.