Neymar turns down Chelsea to stay at Santos

August 19, 2010 at 18:45 5 comments

Neymar staying at the Vila - for now at least

The news that Chelsea did not want to hear was revealed Thursday evening when Brazil super star, Neymar, pledged his future to current club Santos. Chelsea had offered around £17 million for the 18-year-old. Even though this fell short of Santos’ valuation, there was pressure on the player from his agent and also his father to accept the offer.  

Neymar was apparently persuaded by Santos president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, that his immediate future would be better served at the Vila Belmiro. Santos have signed a number of sponsorship deals and are said to have matched the salary being offered by the Premier club and the player will now be earning around £180,000 per month. The teenager could still move to England but it may be only after Santos exit the Libertadores in 2011. However, the youngster has signed a five year contract with the youngster and rumour has it that Santos will raise the asking price to around £37 million for a player who is regarded as one of the world’s top talents.

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Fluminense go four points clear in the Brasileiro Brazil announce squad for training session in Barcelona September 2010

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  • 1. Bismark  |  August 19, 2010 at 19:48

    It’s good for Brazil not sell Neymar, Brazil lost many top players during the years, top players which if they had remained in Brazil these players, certainly, will be on the Brazilian Team.

  • 2. Anderson dos Santos  |  August 20, 2010 at 07:43

    Even being a Corinthians supporter I m really happy with this news. Jon don’t you believe that the mentality of the Brazilian football directors start changing in the last years? In the last window transfer we saw much more players coming back to Brazil then going to Europe, and the clubs seemed to be much more organized as well.


  • 3. pitacodogringo  |  August 24, 2010 at 21:27

    the trend is reassuring as the Brasileiro is getting more publicity and a bit more credibility.
    but i’m not sure it’s just the club directors who have changed. i think that investors such as Traffic, Sonda etc and companies like Unimed have woken up to how much they can make from putting money into players and clubs or using them for advertising.
    true – some clubs appear to be getting more organized (maybe because of the points system now used in the Brasileiro?)

    however, by and large, brazilian clubs remain focused on their domestic market. a lot more needs to be done to promote the clubs (and their products – shirts, the brand etc) abroad. for example, the buzz around Neymar has been phenomenal all around the world but i don’t think Santos have exploited this. there’s nothing on their site in english and they could have really used all this publicity surrounding the likes of neymar, PH Ganso etc.

    i did see that your team do have an english language version of their site so all credit to corinthians

  • 4. hamza  |  November 4, 2010 at 19:02

    j aime bcp neymar

  • 5. TiVi Mania  |  June 23, 2011 at 01:40

    It’s good for Brazil not sell Neymar, Brazil lost many top players during the years, top players which if they had remained in Brazil these players, certainly, will be on the Brazilian Team. Gracias


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