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.
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:
Neymar has now scored 23 goals in 32 matches across all competitions for Barcelona this season. pic.twitter.com/nS5CQeM8ZZ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 20, 2016
He is also exceptionally creative and has proved as much in the UEFA Champions League:
Most Champions League chances created since 2014/15:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 24, 2016
Lionel Messi (39)
Hakan Calhanoglu (39) pic.twitter.com/Jsv8NDMIa3
Will Neymar ever join Madrid?
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:
Neymar has agreed terms for a contract renewal with Barça and will be officially signing it this Summer.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) February 15, 2016
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.