The future of Neymar at FC Barcelona
Neymar, turning 24 on February 5, is now working on a new contract with Barcelona, about which he said he was “of course” optimistic. The long-running negotiations have appeared to be hampered by Neymar’s tax situations, which included a probe into his original transfer to Barcelona and accusations of tax evasion back in Brazil.
Neymar wants to stay at FC Barcelona. His father will do everything possible to suit his son’s desires. The harmony between them is incalculable and his father says Neymar will have the final word. In January, after the Christmas parties have finished, negotiations for a new deal will begin. Neymar will sign his second contract with the club.
In recent weeks there have been various informal negotiations between Neymar Sr and the club, including in Japan at the Club World Cup. Communication is fluid and regular. Since 2011, when contact was first made, the relationship has always been good. There is no great rush to sort out a deal on either side, but the plan is to have him sign well before he heads off in the summer with Brazil to take part in the Copa America and the Olympics.
Neymar spoke to media at the airport in Barcelona on Sunday as he returned from the holiday break, and both indicated he was aware of interest from Manchester City and was noncomittal about his future at the club.
But, pressed, he was more specific in saying he was not eyeing any move to the Etihad Stadium.
A report in Spanish outlet AS quotes Brazilian star Neymar, in the eyes of many now in ascent to at least challening Cristiano Ronaldo for title of world’s second best player, saying “you never know, life is long” when asked if he would rule out leaving Barcelona.
The future of Neymar is yet to be established.