Brazilian youngster Neymar has reiterated his desire to join Chelsea from Santos, hinting that a deal should go through in 2011.
Neymar was expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer but Santos turned an offer for the 18-year-old striker.
“It would be great to get the chance to play for Chelsea. I feel excited about it,” Neymar told the Sun. “To play for Chelsea would be an honour. Everything they have to offer is attractive to me. They have big players, they are in big competitions, they have a strong squad and I like the way they play.
“Top players want to be part of something like that. I’m no different. But I’m happy at Santos. If I left it wouldn’t be because Santos isn’t a good place to be but only because the Premier League is a higher level. It wasn’t the right time for me to go in the summer but I will be much better prepared for it by next year.”