Santos announced on Wednesday that they have resigned Neymar to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the club until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and ensure the continued regularity of rumors linking the 19-year-old phenom to various European clubs.
"This is a great day for me," Neymar beamed at a press conference to announce his decision to stay. "I am so happy to remain at Santos and I'm eager to resume talk of joining Real Madrid or Barcelona or Manchester United or any other European club that will continue over the rest of my time with Santos. I was told there would be a new rumor every day. That was a promise."
The extension comes a week after reports that Neymar will join Real Madrid in a €53 million transfer set for January. A deal that could still happen, according to "Mr. X" -- the shadowy figure who disseminates all transfer rumors and invented scandals that appear in the world's media.
"This really doesn't change anything," said Mr. X through a creepy voicebox. "Tomorrow I have the Spanish press reporting a €60 million offer from Barcelona for Neymar and next week I told the English papers to say he had a food fight with Mario Balotelli at Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester."
After making a hushed phone call, Mr. X offered a final thought: "Contracts in football mean nothing. Only the idiots haven't realized that yet."
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