Neymar has been walking on clouds ever since he made the decision to transfer from Brazilian club Los Santos to world football giant Barcelona. He was presented to the Blaugrana faithful just some weeks ago, right at Camp Nou, to an audience of about 60,000. He’s had no qualms about expressing how he feels right now.
“Yes, I am very happy to have completed my move [to Barcelona]. This has always been a dream for me,” he said in speaking to Telefoot. “My feeling is no doubt one of great happiness. I have followed the ideal path and now I’m happy as a king.”
Thiago Silva, Neymar’s teammate with the Brazilian national team, believes Neymar will fare well in La Liga, and will fit right in with the bright lights of the big stage.
“He will playing with the best team in the world and I think he will be fine,” he said. “He will be surrounded with quality and he is prepared to meet this challenge. He will not be afraid of playing alongside the biggest names in world football.”
David Villa will end up leaving Barcelona this summer, but it will not be an easy operation. The player knows that he doesn’t fit into Tito Vilanova’s plans for next season. This year he has played little and the arrival of Neymar has spelled the end. But he does not intend to go at any price let alone losing money.
According to MARCA.com, when Barcelona signed him they gave him a four-year contract until 2014, in which he received about 7.5 million annually. But they filed a clause that the last year of his association with the Catalan club his salary would increase to 11 million euros.
The Barcelona thus intended to somehow help the player get to his intended destination of Valencia, who was very much interested in his services. But this 11 million clause poses a problem for all parties. For Barca, you can not allow a player who charges that much, which makes him the second highest paid player on the team, to be on the bench. And for the player, because it is very difficult to find an offer that comes close to his age (31 years) and having suffered an injury as serious as a broken tibia. Continue reading David Villa won’t waive the 11 million clause in his contract
Pep Guardiola carries on to go with his normal life in New York as he ponders over where he will be next. He is well aware that he can have the pick of the bunch as a European football Manager as all the sides are interested in signing him.
The in-demand coach hasn’t entered discussions with anyone yet, despite the fact that he is considered to be evaluating up specific choices. Chelsea looks best positioned to snap him up, but he won’t make a decision one way or another in 2012. January will get the ball moving, so to speak, where Guardiola’s future is involved. Continue reading Guardiola in pole position for the Chelsea job