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Neymar to stay till at least 2012

August 9, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Brazil starlet Neymar will not leave Santos before 2012, according to his agent.

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GettyImagesNeymar appears certain to remain at Santos until after the Club World Cup

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Neymar, 19, has long been expected to complete a move to Real Madrid, but the player has expressed a desire to play for Santos at the Club World Cup in Japan at the end of this year.

Agent Wagner Ribeiro told Folha de Sao Paulo: "All the reports are nothing but speculation. An agreement with Real Madrid is not an option until 2012.

"We have a good relationship with Madrid, but nothing will happen before August 31. Anything is possible, though, next year."

On Monday, Neymar had said: "Madrid and Barca don't interest me at the moment."

Looking ahead to a potential Club World Cup tie against Barcelona, he told the official FIFA website: "Look, taking on Barcelona is a very tough task. I don't think there's any particular tactics you can use. We'll just have to pray, ask for God's help and give it our best shot [laughs].

"We're going to play our normal game - that's the idea anyway - but before we can even think about the final or possibly playing Barcelona, we'll have to play another very important and risky game first. Of course we want to get to the final and, if we do end up playing Barcelona, we'd like to go toe-to-toe with them. They're the best team in the world and they've got the world's best player in their side, but we're going to play our football."