City Samba snub boosts rivals
He admitted, though, that a transfer to these shores would depend on whether or not Spanish giants Barcelona decide to make a move for him, with La Liga his ideal destination when he leaves South America.
City, who on Saturday effectively surrendered their title to neghbours Manchester United with a 2-0 defeat at Everton, were about to prepare a big-money offer for the sought-after Santos striker, according to reports which appeared in the Metro this weekend.
But the 21-year-old told Esporte Espetacular that, although he hopes for a switch to the Nou Camp ahead of any other club, he would rather play his football at Stamford Bridge than the Etihad Stadium.
“I dream of playing in Europe, for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea,” Neymar was quoted as saying by the Metro.
“Who wouldn’t dream about playing alongside Messi, Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta? They’re all great players.
“Yes, Barcelona (impress me the most), they have great players like Xavi, Iniesta, (Cesc) Fabregas and Dani Alves.”
However, the likes of Barca. Madrid and Chelsea might not be so keen to hear Neymar refusing to put a definitive timeframe on his departure from a club who count Pele amongst their former players.
“There’s no point in speculating when I’ll leave Santos. I’ll leave when I want to.
“I don’t know where I would fit in if I joined Barca but I know my place is at Santos right now.”