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Neymar: Why Must I Leave Brazil?

Where Neymar will be playing his football after the 2014 World Cup is one of the sport’s most intriguing questions.

There is not a top club in Europe that would not break the bank to secure the Santos star’s services.

And it is generally expected that he will opt to join one of the Spanish giants or one of the English Premier League’s richest clubs.

Pep Guardiola is also said to have put Neymar and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez at the top of his wishlist, for when he takes the reigns at Bayern Munich.

However, in an interview with fifa.com, 20-year-old forward Neymar says that there is a chance he may simply decide to spend his career in Brazil.

Many pundits believe that European club football is the only genuine proving ground for football’s brightest talents.

But Neymar says he thinks it is possible for him to be fulfilled as a footballer in his own country.

“My contract runs to 2014 but there’s still a long way to go before the World Cup,” Neymar said.

“I don’t know if I’ll renew it or not. It’s a personal issue and I’ll have to talk it through with my family and Santos. We’ll definitely speak about it further down the line.

“You can develop and improve your game whether you’re in Brazil or not.

“Personally I feel I’m becoming a better player and getting more experience as every year goes by. Some people say you have to leave to develop but I don’t agree with that.”

No matter what Neymar says, his name will continue to make headlines in and out of the transfer window, if he continues to play with such confidence and devastating effect.

And if his national team-mate Dani Alves has anything to do about it, Neymar will play for Barcelona in the future.

Alves regularly claims that Neymar will thrive at the Camp Nou, but the player himself refuses to go along with the speculation that he destined to play there.

“Dani’s always embarrassing me! He’s put me in a tight spot,” Neymar said.

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