There are media reports that Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar will be signing a new five-year contract with the Spanish side.
The new deal will see the Brazilian player remain with Barcelona until 2021.
The Barcelona president said that Neymar is an important player for them and that they do not want to lose him. He stated that the player is also interested in remaining with Barcelona and that the new deal will be a reward for him. The president stated that Barcelona would also work on providing Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano an extended contract in order to keep them at the club.
There were reports that Manchester United and Chelsea might be interested in signing Neymar in the summer. Jose Mourinho is looking to boost his side’s attack and was apparently interested in the Brazilian forward. By giving Neymar this new deal, Barcelona signified their interest in the player and made a statement that their best player is not for sale.
The Barcelona president Bartomeu said that it is normal for other clubs to be interested in their players as they are the best in the world. However, he has reassured Barcelona fans that Neymar is not going anywhere and that he will remain a Barcelona player for a long time. He said that there are still some minor details to be taken care of in the contract, and as soon as it is done, they will make an announcement concerning the new five-year deal.
Neymar did not participate in this year’s Copa America as he has opted to participate in the Brazil Olympics team. Barcelona did not allow their player to take part in the two tournaments and Brazil opted to field Neymar in the Olympics team.