Neymar has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona amid speculation in Spain that Manchester United are keen to acquire his services.
According to the Barcelona-based publication, United are willing to pay Neymar’s buyout clause of €200 million and make the 25-year-old the highest-paid player in the Premier League by offering him a staggering wage package of €25m net per season — almost double what he earns in Spain.
Neymar, who turned down an offer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, before extending his contract until June 2021 with the Catalan giants told El Mundo Deportivo: “My dream was to play at Barca. When I was a boy that was all I wanted.
“And the most important thing about playing for Barca is that I’m making my childhood dream come true.”
Neymar is also confident that his partnership with Lionel Messi will continue for many years at the Camp Nou.
Barca are hoping to tie down Messi to a new contract with his current deal ending in June 2018.
Negotiations have been ongoing but, reportedly, no progress has been made.
“Messi will renew because he is Barca and Barca is Messi,” Neymar said.
Neymar, in his fourth campaign with Barca, scored two goals and set up another in his team’s 6-1 win over PSG that saw them progress to the quarterfinals of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate.
“It was unique,” the former Santos player said. “I experienced that game as though I was doing the impossible.
“We went through an impressive moment in a short space of time, hence the euphoria.”
That result allowed Barca to remain on course for a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League Treble — a feat Neymar and his teammates achieved in the 2014-15 campaign, Luis Enrique’s first season at the helm.
Barca are second in La Liga, two points behind Real Madrid, who have a game in hand. They take on Juventus in next month’s Champions League last eight.
“I think we can win the treble provided we are concentrated and happy,” Neymar said.
It will be a perfect end to Luis Enrique’s spell in charge of Barca, with the coach announcing earlier this month he will step down at the end of the season.
“He helped us a lot throughout these seasons,” Neymar said of Luis Enrique. “He made us grow and win many titles.”
Neymar, who is hoping to score his 100th goal for Barca in Sunday’s league game at Granada, also spoke about this summer’s transfer window and said fellow Brazilian and Liverpool winger Philippe Coutinho would be a good fit for his team.
“I would sign Philippe Coutinho,” he said. “He’s a player that I see playing at Barca.”