Neymar “Amazed” By England’s Top Flight
Barcelona superstar Neymar has revealed that he would like to play in the Premier League one day.
The Brazil international has been linked in the past with interest from Manchester United who offered to pay his £140million release fee in 2015 and 2016. Instead, he signed a new deal last summer with Barcelona that could keep him at the club until 2021.
But in an interview with The Sun, the 25-year-old admitted that he would like to play in the top flight of English football.
“The Premier League is a championship that amazes me,” said Neymar.
“I like the playing style and the teams and who knows, someday, I would like to play in 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 added: “In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise.
“Leicester are very good. They had a great season last year, they were Premier champions and therefore we need to respect them if we draw them in the Champions League.”
Leicester play Barcelona’s La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.
Certainly a more relaxed attitude to the taxation situation of footballers may be more to Neymar’s liking. He has seen team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano receive suspended jail sentences in Spain for squirrelling some of their image rights to offshore companies and reducing their tax bill. The player he replaced at Barcelona, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is currently the subject of a trial for similar offences.
There is no doubt that a similar practice goes in England. However, the authorities appear to be less eager to pursue such schemes.