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Juninho: Barcelona would be better move for Neymar

Created on May. 15, 2013 5:29 PM EST

Former Brazil international Juninho believes Barcelona is the most likely destination for compatriot Neymar when he leaves Santos.

In March, Neymar stated it would be a "dream" to play in Europe but a move never materialised. However, Juninho believes a move to Barcelona is likely for the 21-year-old.

Neymar has scored 136 goals in 219 appearances for Santos since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2009. His style of play has been likened to Lionel Messi and interest in him has come from many of Europe's big clubs.

As a 14-year-old he trained with Real Madrid, but Juninho believes that a move to Catalonia is more likely than one to the Spanish capital.

"I believe that he is closer to Barcelona," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"Everyone sees Neymar as leaving Santos this summer and it has always been said that he is going to Barcelona.

"He needs an experience in Europe."

The 40-year-old played in Spain himself with Atletico Madrid and he feels that Tito Vilanova's side would be the perfect match for the young striker.

"I see him enjoying Barcelona a little more for the way they play, for their style of play," he added. "I think he would fit in better there than in other teams."

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