Robinho Warns Santos Wonderkid Neymar To Stay Clear Of Chelsea and City

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst IMarch 22, 2010

The current Santos squad is awash with talent and currently leads the Paulista Championship with an average of more than 3 goals per match.

Such a formidable combination has been compared by the local media to the great Brazilian national squad of 1982. The birth of beautiful football.

The team is also very reminiscent of the Palmeiras squad of 1994/95 which gave birth to legendary world champions the likes of Djalminha, Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo.

Just like that fantastic Palmeiras squad perhaps the next decade of world football talent is playing right now at Santos FC with two distinctive names being Paulo Henrique (Ganso) and the lad the English press are calling the wonderkid - Neymar.

The 18-year-old Neymar has the endorsement of another familiar name in world football - Pele, to go to the World Cup finals in South Africa but so far Dunga has not acted.

Reports are that another Santos star Robinho, who is on loan from Manchester City has advised Neymar to snub EPL offers and stay put in Brazil for at least another year.

Manchester City are so impressed with the skillful teen that they demanded first  refusal on him when allowing Robinho to join Santos on loan, but the option  expires on August 4.

Third-party investors Grupo DIS secured 40 per cent of Neymar's economic rights  when the new contract was agreed with Santos in February.

Chelsea have also tracked the forward for more than two years and have offered $30M but Santos recently tied Neymar to a contract till 2014 and insist  he will not be sold for less than his $45M release clause.

With Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich desperate to win a European Champions League we all know that they could do with a new striker and their negotiators are certainly trying hard.

Meanwhile, Santos continues to pay Robinho's Manchester City wages and the 26-year-old has reiterated his desire to extend the  loan from City and also stay in Brazil until at least the end of the year.