According to his Brazil teammate Dani Alves, Neymar is on his way to Barcelona. Eventually.
He is the most sought-after young footballer in the world, coveted by Europe’s elite. The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain to name but a few are all desperate to capture Brazil’s young starlet Neymar.
However, according to his elder Brazil international teammate Dani Alves, Neymar’s eventual destination is the Nou Camp.
“He knows what's there, the agreement that he's got, which is to come in the future,” revealed Alves who has made 150 appearances for Barcelona over the last 5 years in the Catalan capital.
Barcelona would be a difficult to turn down for any player in his career – only the very best are offered the opportunity to grace the stage at the Camp Nou and, according to Alves, even a talent like Neymar could do with some improvement which, he claims, he could get at Barca, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta.
“If I were him, to get to the World Cup in the best possible form. I would come over now because his game would improve,” he continued.
Neymar will surely have no trouble booking his place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup which they host next year but I wonder whether Neymar is perhaps wise to hold off his move and continue his development at home as a gamble to move to Spain now could backfire.
It’s hard to figure out exactly where the 21-year-old would fit into the Barcelona team right now – even Spain’s top goal scorer David Villa can’t get a decent run of games these days.
When they have names mentioned above, never mind the youngsters already vying for forward positions – like Pedro, Cristian Tello, and Alexis Sanchez – Neymar might just have the right idea continuing his career a little longer at Santos where he is guaranteed between 40 and 60 appearances per season.
I wonder whether he would be able to score 43 goals in 47 appearances in La Liga as he did last season in the Brasileirao Serie A. In fact, I’d go one step further and say that if he has any concerns, which he needn’t, about making sure he’s in the Brazil squad for the World Cup, he should stay right where he is. For now.
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