Brazilian forward Neymar will not be joining Manchester City in the summer according to Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.
Neymar was in London this week as England beat Brazil in a friendly at Wembley and speculation has grown linking the talented striker with the Premier League champions at the end of the season.
A modest display in midweek drew many pundits to prematurely judge the 21-year-old but with Real Madrid and Barcelona desperate to bring him to Spain, City will have a tough task convincing the player that Manchester is his ideal destination.
The Santos playmaker has already scored 128 goals in 207 games for his club along with 17 goals in 26 games for Brazil and his goals per game ratio is better than Lionel Messi’s at that age.
There is no doubt that Neymar will have to come to Europe to prove that he is the real deal but Santos are not prepared to listen to any offers for him in the summer.
“I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no,” Ribeiro told the Daily Mail.
“Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he’ll continue here for even longer.”