Santos vice-president clarifies Neymar future

Peixe official Odilio Rodrigues has denied that the much-coveted Brazil star will leave the club in the summer following yet more rumours linking him with Barcelona
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has denied telling a Spanish radio station that Neymar wanted to leave the club and says that he has no interest in selling the forward.

Cadena Ser reported that the player was ready to make the move to Europe and that Peixe were prepared to sell their prized asset but Rodrigues has now set the record straight.

"Interviews through the phone are a complicated thing. A Spanish radio station called, but that thing they put in the paper is not true," he told Globoesporte.

"I told him [the reporter] that I had read that [that Neymar said he wanted to leave] in a newspaper. They either tried too hard to get something out of it, or they simply misunderstood what I said."

"It is not true either [that Santos are willing to start welcoming bids for Neymar]. He asked me if there were any clubs interested, and I said yes, of course, every transfer window there are new bids for him coming in, and we don't expect it to be different this time."

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both believed to be interested in the 21-year-old, with the Neymar rumour mill set to continue for the forseeable future.