The Brazil forward - linked with Real Madrid earlier this week - did not get the chance to play for Pep at the Camp Nou after signing from Santos in 2013 when Guardiola was on a 12-month break from footballl having departed Barca a year earlier.

Guardiola, 44, is set to take over a Premier League club this summer with Manchester City favourites to land the former Spain midfielder ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United.

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City are one of the few clubs in world football who could afford to sign a talent like Neymar, and the Ballon d'Or nominee has admitted representing Pep is one of his main ambitions in football.

Guardiola is a guy that I really admire and who I would love to work with.

"It's tough to say if I want to play in other countries. Nobody knows tomorrow, but I'm very happy where I am right now, at Barcelona.

Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate Barcelona scoring against Granada

Image credit: AFP

"I have the will to go back to Brazil some day and I also would like to play in the USA, those two countries are two where I want to play later on my career."

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre does not think Neymar would leave Barcelona for Madrid as talks continue over a fresh contract for the player. “I see no reason he’d leave.

“I don’t know if Madrid will bid or not, but surely lovers of football like Neymar,” said Mestre in AS.

“I’m not concerned. Neymar looks very happy.

"He’s won trophies, he was at the Ballon d’Or gala, he’s happy when he plays. I see no reason he’d leave here,”

Neymar has apparently been ordered by a Brazilian court to pay a 100,000 Euros fine for unpaid taxes.

The unpaid taxes in question are tied to the years 2007-08, according to Marca.

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