Barcelona star Neymar has admitted he would “love to work with” Pep Guardiola and claimed Brazil and the USA are two places where he would also like to play.
The 23-year-old Brazil forward is currently negotiating a new five-year deal with Barca but he has spoken of his desire to play for former Barca coach Guardiola, whom he never shared a dressing room with.
The Bayern Munich coach has revealed he will join a Premier League club at the end of the season, with Manchester City the favourites to secure his signature.
Neymar, who is contracted to until 2018 at the Nou Camp, has also spoken of his desire to play in MLS and return to his homeland in Brazil, but he has not specified when or which order he plans to fulfill his football dream.
When asked if there was one manager he would like to work with, Neymar told Red Bull’s website: “Yes, there is one: Guardiola is a guy who I really admire and who I would love to work with.
“It is tough to say if I want to play in other countries. Nobody knows tomorrow, but I am very happy where I am right now at Barcelona.
“I have the will to go back to Brazil some day and I also would like to play in the USA – those two countries are two where I want to play later on in my career.
“The USA is a place where the game is growing and attracting the interest of lots of players, who are becoming more and more popular there. ”
Reports in Spain earlier this week claimed Real Madrid were willing to trigger Neymar’s buy-out clause, believed to be £144m, and were prepared to sell Ronaldo to do so, but Florentino Perez denied that and Neymar’s father admitted new deal talks with Barca were in progress.
“We’ve begun contract renewal talks, but there are outstanding issues that concern us, and which need to be resolved,” Neymar Sr said.
“We are not thinking of leaving Spain but we have a problem. We’ve never experienced such major tax issues.”