Barcelona forward Neymar recently revealed his admiration for the Premier League, hinting that he’d be interested in playing in the English top-flight in the future. The Brazilian international recently penned a long-term deal to stay at the Nou Camp, but says the elite managers would be a factor in him potentially making the switch from the Spanish La Liga.
“The Premier League is a championship that amazes me. I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes. I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool – these are the teams that are always there fighting. And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work,” he said.
The 25-year-old has a long-term future at Barcelona given his impressive form of late. Neymar has scored and created 18 goals in 23 league appearances this season, most notably turning in a masterful seven-minute showing against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League to help the Catalans overturn a 4-0 aggregate deficit.
Neymar is a third-place finisher in the Ballon d’Or awards too and finds his stock getting higher each week. He would have his pick of clubs should he ever consider leaving Barcelona, Manchester City the most likeliest of destinations, but will be with the Spanish giants for the foreseeable future as the club seldom release world-class individuals so soon after extending their deals.
With 12 goals scored and created in seven Champions League games, his importance has outweighed the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at times, but he would break the bank if a club were to sign him. Neymar has a £210M buy-out clause with Barcelona, as per the terms of his contract signed in 2016, so it’s hard to see him moving away from the Nou Camp just yet.