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Bayern And City Warned Off Neymar

Santos have moved to stop Neymar’s latest ardent suitors in their tracks.

The Brazilian club have already blocked Barcelona and Real Madrid’s efforts to lure the in-demand starlet to La Liga.

And now the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City have been warned to stay away by Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira.

Recent reports suggested that Neymar is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets for his impending revolution at Bayern Munich, while Manchester City are believed to be willing to break the bank to sign the Selecao trickster.

However, Oliveira is adamant that Santos will reject all comers until Neymar’s contract is set to expire after the 2014 World Cup.

And even then, the Brazilian club will remain hopeful that Neymar decides to stay, rather than pursue his career elsewhere.

"I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no," Oliviera told Mundo Deportivo.

"Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer.

"I have a very clear basis for Neymar staying here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs for one basic reason: he's happy.

"He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20% in the last two years.

"It's the repetition of the phenomenon experienced in the the 50s and 60s, when Pele attracted a legion of new fans, that went beyond the limits of the city.

"Repeating history is not very creative, but what Athie [Jorge Coury, former Santos president] did with Pele has inspired me."

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