Santos' Ganso: I will not leave before the Club World Cup

The Brazilian midfielder has stated, in no uncertain terms, that he does not wish to leave his current club any time in the near future
Speaking after his club's 1-0 win over Ceara on Sunday, Santos playmaker Ganso confirmed that he will not be leaving the club this summer.

The midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from Santos after enjoying an impressive season for both club and country, with rival Brazilian side Corinthians the latest name on the list of suitors.

Additionally, reports have suggested that DIS, which owns 45 per cent of the player's economic rights (the same stake as Santos), is keen to find the player a new club.

Ganso, meanwhile, has guaranteed he will not leave in the near future, and distanced himself from the poor relationship between DIS and Santos.

"I have given my word to president [Luis Ribeiro] and I want to make it clear for the fans: I will play the Club World Cup and there will be the centenary next year," the midfielder said.

"I have not received any offer and I believe neither have Santos.

"The Santos fans need to know that this fight is between DIS and Santos, and not Ganso and Santos. I have given my word and I can guarantee to all the fans I will not leave."

Meanwhile, Santos' director of football Pedro Conceicao claimed the club are confident their prized asset would never accept a transfer to Corinthians.

"The player does not have the character to make a negotiation like this - it is impossible," he told Lancenet.

"Even though Ganso is more reserved and shy, he has a very strong character. He would not do something like that to Santos.

The director admitted that the 21-year-old's departure is likely, but noted he believes it will only happen after the Club World Cup in December.

"If the player really wants to leave the club, then he will come to us and we will talk," Conceicao noted.

"But I believe he will stay to play the Club World Cup. If he wants to leave, he will leave through the front door."