Barcelona have asked me to look after Neymar until 2014, says Santos president

The Spanish club have reminded the Brazilians of their interest in the starlet, but they will have to wait at least three years to move for him following his new contract
Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has revealed that Barcelona chief Sandro Rosell asked the club to take care of Neymar until the Spanish side are able to sign him.

The 19-year-old Brazilian striker penned a new deal this week and, in doing so, pledged his allegiance to the club until at least 2014.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been chasing the young star, and it seems the Spanish and European champions have been keen to remind Santos of their interest in the player.

"I have a very good relationship with both Spanish clubs. I asked Rosell to respect our decision on Neymar, and he asked me to take of the player until 2014," Ribeiro told Cadena Cope.

"With [Madrid president] Florentino Perez I proposed a friendly match for our centenary and he accepted."

Ribeiro is not surprised at the continued interested from the Spanish clubs in Neymar and said he would be in the same position if the roles were inverted.

"If I was the president of Real Madrid or Barcelona then I too would be doing everything to sign Neymar," he admitted.

Neymar has scored 12 goals in 19 games for Santos in the Brazilian Serie A this season.

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