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Neymar: Santos is my future

July 19, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Neymar has claimed he wants to stay at Santos as the long-running transfer saga takes yet another turn.

Neymar now looks set to stay at Santos
GettyImagesNeymar now looks set to stay at Santos

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Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be battling it out for Neymar, and his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said his client had a preference for the Bernabeu.

However, the Brazil international's father had said earlier in July: "He will only decide his future after the Copa America. Neymar is very happy in Brazil and we will only let him leave the country if he is very happy there."

Following Brazil's quarter-final exit to Paraguay, Neymar was asked by reporters where he would be playing next season and has now insisted he will not leave his homeland.

Neymar said: "I'm a Santos player. Santos is my future."

He added: "I've become more mature. I learned a lot playing with Santos in the Copa Libertadores and I leave [Argentina] with even more maturity after playing in my first Copa America."

Ganso, Neymar's team-mate for club and country, has also indicated he expects to remain at Santos.

"I don't know what's happening yet," Ganso said. "I have to talk to the board, but my thinking now is to stay with Santos."