Neymar warned against Chelsea move

30 March 2011 01:30

Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro de Oliveira has warned star player Neymar against moving to England.

Chelsea reportedly saw a bid rejected last summer for the 19-year-old, who shone in Brazil's 2-0 win over Scotland at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Neymar has described the prospect of joining the Blues as a "dream", adding: "The weather I don't like all that much, but I could get used to it."

But Oliveira told ESPN: "Playing in England is not the same as playing at (Santos' stadium) Vila Belmiro. It is much worse, because of the climate and the style of football, which he is unaccustomed to."

He added: "We have demonstrated that, as he has developed into a player who represents the best of Brazilian football - being audacious, skilful, effective, attacking - he is going to become a key figure in the history of Brazilian football.

"He is going to gain international recognition, and maybe get chosen as the best player in the world, playing in Brazil. This is something that hasn't happened since Pele's day, and he has a golden chance."

Source: PA