Neymar Says He 'Would Like to Play' in the Premier League, Admires English Clubs

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Neymar of Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Barcelona star Neymar has revealed his admiration for the Premier League and desire to play in the English top flight at some stage in his career.

He exclusively told Sarah Boyall of SunSport: "The Premier League is a championship that amazes me. 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."

He singled out the division's unpredictable nature as one of its biggest draws: "In the Premier League, you never know who is going to win or who will be champions. It is always a surprise."

The Brazilian also admitted he would relish the opportunity to work with either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, as they are "high-level coaches."

Neymar has accrued 14 goals and 23 assists in all competitions this season, having enjoyed an excellent campaign, albeit less prolific than previous years.

Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez hailed his contribution during Barca's sensational UEFA Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, in which he netted a brace and provided two assists:

On Sunday, he celebrated a significant and impressive milestone:

The forward has made good on the "wonderkid" label he arrived at the Camp Nou with in 2013 and has developed into one of the best players in the world, matching incisive play, creativity and an eye for goal with his skilful dribbling and technique.

His chemistry with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi is a joy to behold, and he is undoubtedly the heir apparent to the latter's throne at Barcelona if he opts to spend his career there.

He certainly looks set to be there for several more seasons after putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract in October, but he could still move to the Premier League while in his prime.

Manchester United are the English side that have perhaps been most heavily linked with Neymar in the past, with Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express as recently as February reporting they could try to sign him for a world-record £200 million transfer fee.

Speculation is only likely to increase in light of the Brazil international's latest quotes, and he may make the move in the future, but for the next year or two at least, he's unlikely to be leaving the Catalan giants.