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Barcelona Transfer News: Neymar to Real Madrid Rumours Dismissed by Gerard Pique

FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique, right, celebrates with his teammate Neymar after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a quarterfinal, second leg, Copa del Rey soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

Barcelona's Gerard Pique has shut down rumours linking Neymar to Real Madrid, claiming he'd "bet an arm" his team-mate won't ever join Los Blancos.

According to Sport, the Spaniard took questions from fans through video app Periscope following Barca's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.

On Neymar, he said: "I would bet an arm or a hand that he will never go to Madrid. He likes Barcelona, is in love with the club and the city and I think he will stay here for many years."

The Brazilian has repeatedly been linked with a move to Real in recent months, with Lluis Mascaro of Sport reporting in January Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is targeting the forward as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Few players could fill the Portuguese's considerable boots, but Neymar would be an outstanding candidate to do so.

As Squawka Football reveals, the 24-year-old has been prolific in front of goal this season:

He is also exceptionally creative and has proved as much in the UEFA Champions League:

Indeed, he has provided an incredible 21 assists in all competitions this season.

Neymar has formed a majestic three-way partnership with team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and the trio have produced some truly stunning football, not to mention a phenomenal number of goals scored between them—94 for the campaign thus far.

Their chemistry is a by-product of being such close friends off the pitch, so a move away from the club does seem unlikely. Indeed, according to Barcelona-based journalist Rafael Hernandez, Neymar recently bought a house near his team-mates and will be renewing his contract in the summer:

Per ESPN Brasil (h/t ESPN FC), his new deal will see him stay with the Catalan giants for a further five years and put him behind only Messi in terms of earnings at the club.

Though high-profile players have made sensational switches from Barca to Madrid in the past, the forward has every reason to stay with the club in the long term and very few, if any, to leave—so Pique should be fairly safe in his bet.

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