Neymar’s father has ruled out the possibility that the Barcelona forward could move to domestic rivals Real Madrid this summer.
Speculation has been rife regarding the Brazilian’s future, with on-going suggestions that a split with the Catalan giants is likely.
Given the transfer fee and personal demands that are likely in such a deal to take him away from the Nou Camp, only a handful of clubs would be able to afford the move.
Among them was Real Madrid, but Neymar Sr has dismissed the idea of moving to the Spanish capital and cleared up his son’s situation.
“Barcelona own Neymar,” he told Fox Brazil. “He has a contract with Barca and any other offer that arrives must come in through them. He’s still under contract with the club and they know everything that’s going on.
“There’s lots of speculation and it’s clear he’s become mixed up in all that. People know that there are various clubs interested in him for his football, but they don’t want to say that he’s talking to them or having any dealings.
“People have said 10,000 different things about my son. Neymar has a contract at Barcelona, and he has two years left. That’s the only certainty. He has to obey that contract. Besides, he’s happy at the club. The speculation will go on, like it has been for a while, but everyone’s used it by now.
“Go to Madrid? I think the probability is zero. We respect him [agent Wagner Ribeiro] a lot but, aside from myself, the only person who can talk about Neymar’s career is Neymar himself.”
Having ruled out the chances of linking up with Zinedine Zidane, it appears as though the only options that Neymar would have, were he to leave, would be Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United, who have both previously been widely linked with a move.
Based on Neymar Sr’s comments though, perhaps an extended stay at Barca is most likely as he will look to continue to play his role in the prolific attacking trident at the club alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and bring them further success after dominating domestically again this past year.