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Neymar isn"t joining Man City insist Santos as glum Brazil star pictured making low-key departure from London

Santos dismiss Man City interest in Neymar as glum Brazilian makes low-key exit from London

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

21:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:43 GMT, 8 February 2013

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has rejected the idea of selling his prize asset Neymar to Manchester City.

Following reports appearing in Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo on Thursday that City will offer a blank cheque for the Brazilian superstar, Ribeiro has rubbished suggestions he may seek to cash in.

Neymar at Heathrow as the Brazilian team leave the UK

On his way: Neymar at Heathrow on Thursday to catch a flight to Brazil

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

While he admitted it was 'not a lack of funds' that would prevent a sale to Manchester City, Ribeiro insists there is no amount of money he would accept from the Premier League champions.

'I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no,' he said. 'Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer.'

Despite his disappointing performance for Brazil in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England on Wednesday, Neymar is widely considered one of the world's most prestigious talents and has a long list of suitors.

And with Roberto Mancini's men trailing Manchester United in the title race, the Italian is keen to learn from the lessons of last summer – when his side were pipped to the signings of Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez – by making an early move for the 21-year-old.

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Ribeiro, however, is adamant Neymar is going nowhere.

He added: 'I have a very clear base to why Neymar stayed here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid, in 2011], for one basic reason: he's happy.

'He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20 per cent in the last two years.'

Ribeiro even admitted he has taken inspiration from a former Santos president, who dug in to ensure Pele did not leave the club during his pomp.

He added: 'It's the repetition of the phenomenon experienced in the the Fifties and Sixties, when Pel attracted a legion of new fans, that went beyond the limits of the city.

'Repeating history is not very creative, but what Athi [Jorge Coury, former Santos president] did with Pel has inspired me.'

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

India v England: Alastair Cook run out case of after you Claude – David Lloyd

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: It's a case of 'after you Claude' for captain Cook but England can rely on their attack

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18:16 GMT, 7 December 2012

The Alastair Cook run out was a classic case of “after you Claude”.

It’s just a quirk of the game. As usual, the players didn’t know the law but it is very clear – if he had ever grounded his bat he would have been not out.

Umpire Rod Tucker knew straight away, Cook had never regained his ground so he had to go.

After you Claude: Cook was run out in bizarre fashion

After you Claude: Cook was run out in bizarre fashion

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India on the ropes

England are exactly where they want to be. That last session they really stepped on it and scored at four-and-a-half an over as India wilted in the field – their fielding was almost comical again.

England are now looking to get a lead of 250, which puts India out of the game.

This pitch will not get any better, there are already signs of wear and tear, and I fully expect England to go 2-1 up unless India can produce something extra special.

No comparison

I expect England to win because their bowlers are infinitely better than their Indian counterparts.

In terms of pace and bounce, India have nobody to match Steven Finn (and he will be a real handful now the bounce is uneven), Jimmy Anderson has completely outbowled Zaheer Khan in terms of swing and the spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann have simply been too hot for India.

Tall order: Finn offers far more pace and bounce than India's seamers

Tall order: Finn offers far more pace and bounce than India's seamers

For whom the Bell tolls

In terms of England’s batting, it’s big ticks for Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott, plus we had a little cameo from Kevin Pietersen.

But Ian Bell is a touch player and it is so hard to wander back in to Test cricket (after he went home for the birth of his boy) when you are in no form at all and to play well straight away.

Give Samit a good go

I’d really like Samit Patel to get a run in the side at No 6. I think he’s an excellent player and deserves to play ahead of Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan.

Six of the best: Patel deserves a good go

Six of the best: Patel deserves a good go

He scored 33 quality runs but he will know he has still not done enough. However, he should get a prolonged run and play the Tests here and in New Zealand. One thing he is not is an all-rounder. He’s a batter who can roll his arm over.

Shane gets a tonking

Anyone who watched the Big Bash cricket from Australia will have seen Shane Warne bowl two overs for 41! It was so funny.

Warne was miked up and was saying “I’m going to bowl the slider now”… and it disappeared 12 rows back! Next ball he said “right, I’m bowling the googly” and that went even further! Ever the showman he took his cap and said: “Think I’ll go and hide now.”

Maybe that Ashes comeback should be put on ice…

Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid and could be new Manchester United manager

Mourinho heading for Madrid exit and Old Trafford beckons after Fergie backing

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 3 December 2012

Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Portuguese boss could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford after the Manchester United manager backed him for the role.

Mourinho has come under fire from supporters this season following Madrid’s slow start to the domestic season and even came out early before his side faced Atletico Madrid to give them the chance to jeer him.

Heading for the exit: Jose Mourinho could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Heading for the exit: Jose Mourinho could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Mourinho was booed by sections of the crowd in last Tuesday’s Copa del Rey defeat of Alcoyano, prompting the former Porto and Inter Milan boss to offer supporters the chance to vent their frustration by arranging to come to the side of the pitch 40 minutes before the game.

The reaction was mixed but with less than 5,000 fans inside the Bernabeu at the time, it offered little indication as to how the majority were feeling.

Madrid are 11 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona and five points behind second-placed Atletico despite Saturday night’s 2-0 defeat of their near-neighbours.

Ferguson
is a fan of Mourinho and asked if he could replace him in the Old
Trafford hot-seat, he told ITV4: 'He can manage anywhere, absolutely.

'I’m not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club.

'I won’t last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that.'

It is now being speculated that Mourinho and Madrid president Florentino Perez have agreed his tenure at the club will come to an end next summer.

Under a picture of a broken heart, the Marca report claims: 'Jose Mourinho will not coach Real Madrid next season.

'Both Mou and Florentino Perez believe the Portuguese’s cycle on the bench at the Bernabeu is exhausted and that the current situation cannot continue beyond June 30.'

Marca, who are known to have strong links with Real, report Perez has become concerned by a number of incidents this season which have not cast the club in a good light.

Firstly, there was an incident with Sergio Ramos which saw the Spain defender put on Mesut Ozil’s shirt underneath his own after the German was substituted at half-time of a game against Deportivo La Coruna.

End of an era: Ferguson is approaching the end of his time at Man United

End of an era: Ferguson is approaching the end of his time at Man United

Ramos later claimed he was merely showing support for his team-mate but the move was perceived as an attempt to undermine Mourinho’s authority. Ramos was later dropped.

There was also the public spat with Alberto Toril, boss of the reserve side Real Madrid Castilla, who play in the Segunda Division.

Mourinho accused Toril of focusing too much on results rather than trying to produce young players for the first team.

And it would seem the publicity stunt prior to the Atletico game may have been the final straw.

Marca’s report added: 'Florentino believes Mourinho is “committing suicide” with his decisions and statements this season – the Ramos case, the war with Toril and checking the pulse of the Bernabeu.

'They will try to get to the end of the season in a friendly manner as Florentino does not want a crisis in the middle of the season.

Row: Mourinho and Sergio Ramos did not see eye-to-eye

Row: Mourinho and Sergio Ramos did not see eye-to-eye

'But what is certain is that the decision is taken: this will be the last season of the Mou tenure in Madrid.'

Mourinho joined Chelsea after leading Porto to a surprise Champions League triumph in 2004 and remained for three years.

He then joined Inter Milan and guided the Nerazzurri to back-to-back Serie A titles.

In addition to the Scudetto, Inter also landed the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2010 and in doing so became the first Italian side to win the treble.

A move to Madrid ensued and after winning the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge he ended Barca’s stranglehold on the Primera Division crown last season.

Sports pictures of the day: October 14

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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13:31 GMT, 14 October 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

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Come here! Tight end Matt Furstenburg (left) of the Maryland Terrapins catches the ball in front of safety Brandon Phelps (right) of the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium in Virginia

Come here! Tight end Matt Furstenburg (left) of the Maryland Terrapins catches the ball in front of safety Brandon Phelps (right) of the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium in Virginia

Whack: Brandon Rios (right) catches fellow American Mike Alvarado flush on the chin in Carson, California during their WBO Latino Super Lightweight bout

Whack: Brandon Rios (right) catches fellow American Mike Alvarado flush on the chin in Carson, California during their WBO Latino Super Lightweight bout

Crashing down: South Africa's Stephan Dippenaar (right) tackles Fiji's Manueli Taubale Lagai at the IRB Sevens tournament at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast

Crashing down: South Africa's Stephan Dippenaar (right) tackles Fiji's Manueli Taubale Lagai at the IRB Sevens tournament at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast

You shall not pass: Australia's Mo'onia Gerrard tries to stop England's Sara Bayman passing during their International Quad Series Netball game in Adelaide, Australia

You shall not pass: Australia's Mo'onia Gerrard tries to stop England's Sara Bayman passing during their International Quad Series Netball game in Adelaide, Australia

Low light: Amateur competitors run uphill from the Natural Energy Laboratory during the marathon section of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Low light: Amateur competitors run uphill from the Natural Energy Laboratory during the marathon section of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Sports pictures of the day: October 10

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

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Ricardo Santos plays a shot from a boat to a target in the sea ahead of the Portugal Masters

Ricardo Santos plays a shot from a boat to a target in the sea ahead of the Portugal Masters

Horses are given an early morning workout on the gallops at Newmarket

Horses are given an early morning workout on the gallops at Newmarket

Quincey Davis in action at the Oakley World Pro Junior Championships in Bali

Quincey Davis in action at the Oakley World Pro Junior Championships in Bali

Sachitra Senanayake of Uva gets bowled by Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Sachitra Senanayake of Uva gets bowled by Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Frenchman Richard Gasquet tries to use his head against Radek Stepanek at the Shanghai Masters

Frenchman Richard Gasquet tries to use his head against Radek Stepanek at the Shanghai Masters

Sports pictures of the day: October 8

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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12:56 GMT, 8 October 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

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Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

Real Madrid's Pepe heads the ball over teammate Xabi Alonso

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) cannot make a catch over Buffalo Bills free safety

Up in the air: Pepe heads the ball as Real Madrid take on Barcelona (left) while San Francisco 49ers take on Buffalo Bills (right)

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants

Sports pictures of the day: October 3

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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15:25 GMT, 3 October 2012

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Laszlo Cseh of Hungary competes in the 400m individual medley at the Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary competes in the 400m individual medley at the Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat during the MLB clash with the St Louis Cardinals

Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat during the MLB clash with the St Louis Cardinals

Lemos de Souza rides Afsare during a workout at Werribee Racecourse in Melbourne

Lemos de Souza rides Afsare during a workout at Werribee Racecourse in Melbourne

Pittsburgh Pirate Michael McKenry tags out Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson

Pittsburgh Pirate Michael McKenry tags out Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry goes to the basket against Indiana Fever

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry goes to the basket against Indiana Fever

Sports pictures of the day: Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Andriy Grivko of the Ukraine in action in the Elite Men's Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships

Andriy Grivko of the Ukraine in action in the Elite Men's Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie throws out New York Yankees' Casey McGehee during the sixth inning of their MLB game at Yankee Stadium

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie throws out New York Yankees' Casey McGehee during the sixth inning of their MLB game at Yankee Stadium

South Korean Lee So-Ra hits a return to Australian Tamira Paszek during the women single round of the 2012 KDB Korea Open Tennis Championships

South Korean Lee So-Ra hits a return to Australian Tamira Paszek during the women single round of the 2012 KDB Korea Open Tennis Championships

Celtic's Thomas Rogne clashes with Benfica goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League match at Celtic Park

Celtic's Thomas Rogne clashes with Benfica goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League match at Celtic Park

Australia's Shane Watson looks on after bowling as Ireland's Nigel Jones hits out during the ICC World Twenty20 group B match

Australia's Shane Watson looks on after bowling as Ireland's Nigel Jones hits out during the ICC World Twenty20 group B match

Mail photographers nominated for Barclays Shot of the Season

Mail photographers nominated for Barclays Shot of the Season

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10:24 GMT, 23 August 2012

Daily Mail photographer Ian Hodgson and Dave Shopland of the Mail on Sunday have been shortlisted for the Barclays Photographic Awards 2012.

The pair have been nominated in the shot of the season category – Hodgson for capturing Manchester City celebrations as they lifted the Premier League trophy and Shopland for his snap of Sergio Aguero scoring against Norwich.

The winner will receive a Barclays Award and 5,000 to spend on photographic equipment.

The judging panel includes Alan Sparrow, UK Picture Editors’ Guild chairman, Martin Rickett, last year’s Barclays Photographer of the Season, Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler and Andy Dunn, chairman of the Football Writers’ Association.

Silver service in the blue half of Manchester: Ian Hodgson captures City's Premier League title celebrations

Silver service in the blue half of Manchester: Ian Hodgson captures City's Premier League title celebrations

Going it alone: Dave Shopland took this picture of Sergio Aguero scoring for Manchester City against Norwich

Going it alone: Dave Shopland took this picture of Sergio Aguero scoring for Manchester City against Norwich

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – day nine including Andy Murray

LIVE: Olympics – follow all the action on day nine as it happens

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8.35: Hockey gets us underway as usual this morning with the men's tournament. It's New Zealand v Belgium but in truth neither looks like progressing from the group. It's win or bust though for both.

8.30: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

Park is already buzzing this morning. Hundreds of people everywhere. And every single one of them is smiling.

8.25: So, the morning after the night before. Never mind it being the greatest night in British athletics.

Yesterday's drama inside the Olympic Stadium was one of the greatest moments in British sporting history.

It will take a lot to better it today, but history is yet again set to be made (we hope).

On for the double: Andy Murray is on course to win two gold medals at Wimbledon

On for the double: Andy Murray is on course to win two gold medals at Wimbledon