World Football Gossip Roundup: Neymar, Lucas Moura, Pep Guardiola
Brazilians and high-profile managers dominate this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Everybody knows that Neymar ranks among the world's most sought-after transfer targets, but nobody seems to know where he's going. Thankfully, the Mohawk-wearing starlet has a hint for us.
Another young Brazilian, midfielder Lucas Moura, is talking about his impending move to Paris. It might not be what you think.
Elsewhere, we have updates on Pep Guardiola's future and Roberto Mancini's thoughts about Manchester City's chances in the Champions League.
Read on for all the details.
Neymar Plays Down Barcelona Rumors
Neymar has again said that he will remain with Santos through the end of his current contract, which expires in 2014 (via Goal.com).
The 20-year-old Brazilian starlet has been linked consistently with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and others. Journalist Guillem Balague reported via Twitter late last month that Neymar was already on his way to Barcelona.
Neymar, however, has denied that.
"For now, I will only play alongside Messi if he opts to join Santos," the tricky attacker was quoted as saying by El Mundo. "It's possible for Santos to sign him. All we have to do is sell half of the city!"
Neymar added: "I don't know anything about Barcelona. One day I'm linked with a move there, and another day I'm supposedly on my way to Madrid. I have a contract with Santos until 2014, though, and that's all I know."
Pep Guardiola Wants to Manage Chelsea?
Pep Guardiola has told friends that he wants to manage Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
Guardiola, 41, managed Barcelona for four years and won 14 trophies. He left the club at the end of last season and is currently enjoying a sabbatical with his family in New York.
Roberto Di Matteo, 42, became Chelsea's full-time manager in the summer, signing a one-year deal with an option for a second (via The Guardian). As interim manager, Di Matteo led Chelsea to FA Cup and Champions League titles last spring.
Lucas Moura Unsure About PSG?
Lucas Moura has said he has "a bit of fear" about how his time at Paris Saint-Germain will be (via Goal.com).
Lucas, 20, will join PSG from São Paulo in January in a deal worth a reported €45 million. Manchester United were also thought to be interested before the deal was reached in August.
With the final transfer looming, Lucas has expressed doubt, despite speaking with fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva, a PSG defender.
"Thiago has told me a lot about the club and its facilities, and it will be nice to have him as my team-mate," Lucas told Canal Football Club. "However, I have to admit that I do have a bit of fear about how things will pan out. I don't know how it will go."
Roberto Mancini: Manchester City Not Ready to Win Champions League
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his team is not ready to win the UEFA Champions League, according to the Express.
City sit last in Group D with one point through three matches and face a crucial home match against Dutch champions Ajax on Tuesday. Ajax defeated Man City 3-1 two weeks ago in Amsterdam.
"We’re a good team but I don’t think we’re ready to win the Champions League," Mancini said. "Chelsea tried for 10 years to win it. If we win our next three games then fantastic, anything can happen. But the road is very long."
Arsenal Target Yoann Gourcuff for January?
Arsenal will move for Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in January, according to Metro.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly tried to sign Gourcuff last year. Lyon reportedly plan to sell players in January to raise money.
AC Milan are also thought to be interested in Gourcuff, 26.