Neymar hopes for Blues bid
Brazilian starlet hints at Premier League move
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: May 19, 2011 1:07pm
Neymar: Is attracting interest from across Europe
Despite having snubbed a move to Chelsea last year, Neymar hopes the Blues retain an interest in him.
The 19-year-old Brazilian opted against a switch to Europe last summer, preferring instead to spend another season in his homeland with Santos.
He has, however, developed further since then, with his emergence as a senior international star allowing him to further enhance a blossoming reputation.
The biggest sides in the world are now falling over themselves to secure his signature, with the Premier League's big guns believed to be leading the chase.
"I was very proud of Chelsea's interest and I hope to keep playing well so that this proposal can happen again."
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Chelsea remain in pole position to land the precociously-talented teenager and Neymar has hinted that the time may be right to try his luck in England.
"I was very happy about Chelsea's interest because it is a club every player would like to play for, but at that moment the right decision was to stay at Santos," Neymar told the Daily Telegraph.
"To play in Europe is my dream. I was very proud of Chelsea's interest and I hope to keep playing well so that this proposal can happen again.
"I know about these teams; Chelsea, Manchester - to play for them are the dreams of all players. I know about players in England - [Didier] Drogba, [Frank] Lampard, [Steven] Gerrard - these are very good players.
"I have spoken to Ramires and David Luiz and they say England is a very good country and London is a beautiful place to live."