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Man City, Chelsea target Neymar not going anywhere says Santos president

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro says the club is not ready to consider any offers for star youngest Neymar.

The 19-year old Brazilian has been the subject of a mountain of transfer speculation this summer with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all showing plenty of interest but the Santos chief indicates that the talented forward won't be departing even with offers of around £40million.

"The fans love Neymar, not only how he plays, but for his human qualities," said Luis Alvaro. "That love is shared by millions of other Brazilians who admire him regardless of the club to which he belongs.

"In any case, the response of Santos is that we are not yet considering any offer for his transfer.

"Neymar will return to Santos (after the Copa America) and we will make efforts to retain and keep him happy for many years."

Whilst Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said now is not a good time for the youngster to depart.

"There is very little chance to go to Europe now," he said.

"It would not be good for the boy. The player is not a mercenary. It is not so simple that he would take the money and leave.

"He must be in agreement with all conditions of the transfer."

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