The father of Santos starlet Neymar has spoken of his dismay after the Brazilian club rejected a transfer offer from Chelsea without even consulting the player.
Sr. Neymar da Silva feels that Santos should be listening to the wishes of his son, and at least communicating with him over the current situation.
The Premier League giants had an offer in the region of £17 million officially rejected on Tuesday, leaving the 18-year-old’s father far from impressed over the whole affair.
“Santos just said ‘no’ before even talking with us,” he said to Lancenet. “Why would they do that?
”They must listen to Neymar to know what he has to say about it.”
Many Brazil fans wanted the starlet, who has gained a reputation as one of his country's most promising young forwards, to play in this summer's World Cup — but former national coach Dunga decided to leave him out of the squad for South Africa.
Despite having their bid rejected, Chelsea reportedly remain interested and were hoping their bid would at least serve as a starting point for negotiations.
However, when the rejection was announced on Tuesday, Santos made it clear they were not keen on selling to anyone.
"Santos FC states that, in the in the late morning of Tuesday (20), we received an official offer from Chelsea FC of England for the economic rights of striker Neymar," a statement on the club's official website read.
"President Alvaro Luis Ribeiro de Oliveira has sent a response to the English club thanking them for the interest and reiterating that the Santos FC has no interest in opening trading."
Lancenet reports that Neymar, his father and Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro will hold an informal meeting tomorrow to discuss the player’s ‘career plan’ and how the current transfer situation with Chelsea is set to proceed.
Sr. Neymar insists that whatever happens, there cannot be any regrets in the future over how the situation was handled.
“What about his future? Whether he is staying or even if he is moving, there cannot be any regrets from either side,” he said.