Santos coach Ramalho insists: Neymar does not need to move to Europe

The teenager forward is considered one of the most exciting young prospects in the game and he has been repeatedly linked with world, European and Spanish champions Barcelona
Santos coach Muricy Ramalho disagrees with the view that star forward Neymar needs to move to Europe if the forward is to fully realise his potential.

The Brazil international is widely regarded as the most exciting young talent in the world today and is expected to join La Liga giants Barcelona when his lucrative deal with his current employers expires after the 2014 World Cup.

However, Ramalho, speaking in the wake of his side's clash with Sao Paulo, who boast another promising teenager in the shape of midfielder Lucas, does not believe that the best players in Brazil have to join top European clubs in order to develop.

"I have already given my opinion on this and everyone has their own, as we are a democratic country," the Santos boss is quoted as saying Globoesporte. "And you have to respect that.

"But for me it is good that these players [Neymar and Lucas] are still in Brazil. This shows that they do not need to go [abroad] in order to be great players."

Neymar has already been capped 16 times by his country, while Lucas has 11 appearances for the Selecao to his name.

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