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Neymar to delay Barca switch

Santos forward Neymar is planning to move to Barcelona - but not until 2014 according to his own father.

Neymar da Silva revealed that his 20-year-old son intends to stay in Brazil until after the home World Cup before leaving for Europe.

"He wants to play in Europe," said Neymar's father, quoted in Lancenet as telling Sport.

"We reduced his contract from 2015 to 2014 so that he can play there.

"But he is staying until the World Cup to allow Brazilian football to grow again."

He added: "I believe Barcelona is the best path. Barcelona's football is like that of Neymar. They score from inside the penalty area like Neymar.

"We have to wait. Maybe Barcelona won't want Neymar in 2014.

"How can I say now that Neymar wants to go to Barcelona? The club can't say anything either. It's better that everyone stays quiet for now."