Neymar rejects Barca talk

Rio de Janeiro: Neymar has rejected the latest reports linking him with a move to Barcelona by insisting he has still not considered leaving Brazilian club Santos.

Last week Barcelona defender and Neymar`s Brazil teammate Daniel Alves claimed the striker had already agreed to join the Catalan outfit after next year`s World Cup.

"Daniel Alves is a good friend but if I say that (Lionel) Messi is coming to Santos, would you believe me?" Neymar was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "I appreciate what Daniel is saying but I am happy here."

According to Spanish media, Barcelona have made a down payment of 10 million euros for the starlet, whose contract with Santos expires in July next year.

Among the clubs jostling with Barcelona for the 21-year-old`s signature are Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

In a thinly-veiled swipe at Alves, Neymar called for an end to speculation about his future.

"Those who say that I am ready to leave don`t know anything about my life," he said.

"When I feel ready to leave I will leave. It`s my decision to make and nobody else`s. I am happy at Santos."

Earlier Monday, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell confirmed the club`s interest in signing the Brazil forward this European summer.

"It`s true that we are interested in him and he is on the list of possible signings for the future," Rosell said during a press conference.

Neymar has scored 54 goals from 102 appearances for Santos and led the side to the 2011 Copa Libertadores title - South America`s most prestigious club trophy. He has also won 28 international caps for Brazil and scored 17 times.