Neymar happy at Santos – for now

Santos starlet Neymar wants to remain in Brazil for now but is refusing to rule out a move to Europe in the future.Neymar, 19, is reportedly being heavily courted by Real Madrid and Chelsea after an exceptional 2010 Brazilian Serie A season with his Brazilian club in which he scored 17 goals.

The flashy striker already has plenty on his mind given Santos will contest the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Penarol on Wednesday.

But pressed for a hint as to his whereabouts in August, Neymar said he is happy to put off the lure of Europe and the Champions League for the time being.

“At the moment my thoughts are only on winning the Copa Libertadores,” he told AS.

“My first thought is to stay here (with Santos) as well because happiness is everything, for the club, for my family, for the fans – the most important thing is to be happy.”

Asked if he wants to play in the Champions League, he said: “Of course it is (a dream), just like it is for all the players in the world.”

“To play in that competition is a privilege and I hope to do so one day. I want to play in World Cups and play in the best leagues.”

Neymar has formed a close relationship with his idol and international team-mate Robinho, who has imparted to him the joy of his spells at Real Madrid and Manchester City.

“He said very good things of his time in Europe, of playing in that country (Spain),” Neymar said.

“But I have a contract with Santos and I’m very happy here.”

“I believe my future belongs to God. (A move to Europe) could be tomorrow or in two or five years’ time – I don’t know. I would have to think about it with my father, with my mother – with everyone.”

 


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