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Agent: Neymar likely to join Chelsea in future

August 26, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Santos starlet Neymar is likely to join Chelsea at some point in his career, according to the player's international agent.

Neymar, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Ganso
GettyImagesNeymar (L) and Ganso (R), pictured with Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are highly rated in their homeland

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Chelsea had been keen to sign Brazil international Neymar, 18, this summer, but a bid said to be worth £23 million failed to convince his club to sell and the player has since committed to a new five-year deal.

Neymar, though, has appointed Pini Zahavi to represent him internationally on a two-year deal, and the agent has revived the prospect of a move to Stamford Bridge.

"Neymar will stay with Santos but I'm sure he will become a Chelsea player eventually," he told The Sun. "He loves Santos and wants to win the Copa Libertadores, but Neymar also knows that for his career he needs to move to a big club."

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, meanwhile, is eager to tie Paulo Henrique - also known as Ganso - down to a similar deal.

"We'll put together a plan for Ganso before the offers come from abroad, as they did with Chelsea for Neymar," he told Terra. "Paulo Henrique, like Neymar, is a precious gem with great potential. Hopefully he will stay."