Neymar Reveals Barcelona Contract Talks Under Way, Comments on Arsenal, More

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2016

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 14, 2016.

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Neymar confirmed that talks with Barcelona over a new contract have begun, and he is "relaxed" about the situation, according to Sport's Jordi Gil.

The Brazilian superstar is tied to the Camp Nou club until 2018 but has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain recently, per Sport (via Liam Corless of the Mirror).

However, following Barca's 6-1 drubbing of Celta Vigo on Sunday, Neymar looked to allay any fears that he may leave the Catalan giants, confirming new contract talks have started, per Gil. "The renewal [talks] are under way," he said. "I still have three years left on my contract, and I am relaxed. I’m optimistic we will reach an agreement."

Neymar has taken his game to a new level this season, his goal against Celta taking his tally for the La Liga term to 17 in 20 appearances, while he has also provided nine assists, per

Sunday's superlative victory extended Barcelona's unbeaten run to a record-breaking 30 matches in a row, per Squawka:

Highlights of the clash can be seen below:

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez continue to sweep past all before them and they are looking good to lead Barca to another treble triumph this season, per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe:

Three points clear of the chasing pack at the top of La Liga—with a game in hand—and qualified for the Copa del Rey final, Barca's toughest task this season will surely be successfully defending their UEFA Champions League title.

They face Arsenal in the last 16—the first leg of which is scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Emirates—and Neymar is expecting a tough challenge against the Gunners, per Gil:

We have 10 very difficult days ahead of us, with travelling and really important games.

We are really happy with the run of good results we are on, for what we have achieved so far and for how we are playing.

We want to continue this way. Arsenal is on the horizon, they’re a great team and it will be a tough tie, but we are going to play our way to [try to] win.

Barcelona's recent record against Arsenal is very good, the Catalan giants having knocked the north London side out of the Champions League in both 2010 and 2011, while they also beat them in the final a decade ago.

If Luis Enrique's side maintain their current level into the Arsenal tie, then it seems highly likely that the Gunners will once again be dumped out by Barcelona.

There also seems little chance Barca will be caught in the La Liga title race, as they could extend their lead to six points on Wednesday when they play their game in hand against Sporting Gijon.

Neymar's increased goal return this season has only made Barcelona a better side, and it never seemed very likely that he could be tempted to move anywhere else given his title-winning prospects at the Camp Nou.

However, his latest confirmation that talks are under way should serve as reassurance for any Blaugrana fans concerned that he might not be staying put.