Neymar has 'zero per cent' chance of joining Chelsea this season, claims agent Wagner Ribeiro

14 December 2010 01:22
Brazilian youngster Neymar has 'zero per cent' chance of joining Chelsea in the January transfer window, according to the 18-year-old's agent.

The Santos forward, valued at £17million although boasting a £40m release clause, is the next big thing to come out of Brazil and has been linked with moves to a host of Europe's top clubs.

Chelsea, though, have been for some time the most likely destination for a player capped twice by his country. However a move fell through last summer when the two clubs failed to agree a fee.

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The Blues aging squad is in desperate need of some youthful exuberance, not to mention creativity in the final third, and Carlo Ancelotti is preparing to go back in for Neymar next month.

However agent Wagner Ribeiro claims it is more likely that the player will remain in his home country until after the 2012 Olympics.

'The chances that Neymar will leave Santos for Chelsea in this season (2011) are zero per cent,' Ribeiro told

'Neymar wants to play the Copa Libertadores with Santos. If we wanted go abroad, he wouldn't have even been here, I speak every day with Santos' chairman and I can say that Neymar won't go anywhere until the 2012 Olympics.'

The comments appear to be in contrast to the player himself, though, who only last month revealed a desire to move to Serie A giants Juventus.

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'The club's officials have said that I'm not for sale,' Neymar told La Gazzetta dello Sport. 'But I don't think the same. This may be the right time to try the European adventure.'

'There are five big clubs interested in me: Juventus, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

'The proposal that I like most is that from Juventus. They have great worldwide appeal. Inter have prestige. Ronaldo played there and he is one of my idols, but I prefer Juventus. I say this without problems - I'd willingly wear the Bianconeri jersey.'

Ribeiro admitted he had been speaking to agent Pini Zahavi in Brazil, but insisted that the Israeli had only arrived in the country to escape the cold and that the two were friends.

'Zahavi is a personal friend and only travelled to Brazil to escape from the European winter.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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