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Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011

Neymar to stay with Santos for now


Sao Paulo — Brazil striker Neymar has again dismissed reports he has reached a deal with Barcelona or Real Madrid, saying Monday he will stay with Santos at least until next year's Olympics in London.

Neymar said he feels honored to be linked with the Spanish powerhouses but is happy for now to be playing in Brazil, near his family and friends.

"It has already been decided," he said at a news conference. "I won't leave Santos in the next transfer window, I will stay until the Olympics. I have not reached a deal with any club."

By staying at Santos, Neymar will also be able to play with the team in FIFA's Club World Cup in December, a tournament that also includes Barcelona. Santos qualified by winning the Copa Libertadores earlier this year, when Neymar was a key player.

The 19-year-old striker has been touted as a future Brazil star and is expected to lead the team in the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

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