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Neymar not about to be sold to Man City says Santos president

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro is certainly not open to the idea of offloading Neymar to Manchester City.

A recent report in Mundo Deportivo suggests that City were willing to let Santos name their price to purchase the 21-year old but Ribeiro indicates he will flatly refuse their proposals or that of any other interested club.

"I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no," he said.

"Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer."

He added in regards to interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2011: "I have a very clear basis for Neymar staying here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs, for one basic reason: he's happy.

"He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20% in the last two years."

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Andrew Slevison
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