Neymar slams door shut on move to Premier League club

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 11:15

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Barcelona star Neymar has effectively ruled out a move to Manchester City, claiming he would rather Real Madrid won the Champions League than City.

The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form for Barca this season and has scored 23 goals and there has been speculation about the former Santos forward’s future.

Manchester United were linked with the player last summer, while Man City have also been mentioned as suitors for the player, who moved to Catalonia in June 2013 for £48.6million.

But Neymar revealed his dislike for City during an interview with UOL, he said: “I’d prefer to see Real Madrid win than Man City.”

Asked to compare the Champions League with the Copa Libertadores, he added: “The Libertadores is sensational but the Champions League the first time I heard the anthem was a really special feeling. It’s like being in a video game.

“It’s living the dream of every child. That’s why I’m picking the Champions League.”

Neymar’s father last month confirmed Manchester United were the club that saw a £145million offer rejected for the Barcelona star last summer.

And with Neymar yet to sign a new deal at Barca, there is likely to be more speculation this summer, but a move to Pep Guardiola’s Man City looks very unlikely.

The striker, who did not play under Guardiola in Spain, is contracted until 2018 and Barcelona director of football Robert Fernandez claimed at the start of February that Neymar was “very happy and relaxed” at the Nou Camp.

Barca are keen to tie down their Brazil star to an extended contract and could initiate talks this summer.

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