Neymar 'phones Lionel Messi to convince him to join PSG this summer'

Neymar ‘phones Lionel Messi to convince him to join PSG this summer’ with Barcelona’s star man weighing up his future as his Nou Camp deal expires in July

  • Neymar has reportedly tried to persuade Lionel Messi to join PSG this summer
  • The Barcelona captain could leave for free when his contract expires in July
  • Messi came close to leaving the club last year and a summer exit seems likely
  • The Brazilian played alongside Messi at the Spanish giants for four seasons

Neymar is believed to have called Lionel Messi in an attempt to convince the Argentine to leave Barcelona this summer and join him at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spanish giants looked set to lose their star man last summer as the relationship between player and club broke down in the wake of their humiliating Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, but Messi eventually backed down and stayed.

However, with his contract at the Nou Camp expiring in July at the end of this season, rumours of an exit are once again intensifying. 

Neymar has reportedly called Lionel Messi to try and persuade him to join PSG this summer

Messi’s contract at Barcelona expires in July and it seems likely he will leave the Spanish giants

And according to L’Equipe, Neymar has been in contact with his former team-mate to try and persuade him that the French capital should be his next destination.

This would not be the first time the Brazilian forward has spoken of his desire to reunite with Messi, freely admitting publicly in December that he is desperate to play with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner again. 

‘What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able to enjoy him once again on the pitch,’ Neymar told ESPN.

‘He can play in my place, I have no problem with that! But I want to play with him next year, for sure. We have to do it next season.’ 

Neymar said in December that what he wants more than anything is to play with Messi again

Neymar will miss out on the chance to share the pitch with Messi on Tuesday night, albeit on opposing teams, when Barcelona host PSG in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Brazilian suffered a groin injury against Caen last week and is set to be on the sidelines for a month, a spell that would almost certainly see him miss the return leg in Paris as well.

It means there will be no return for Neymar to a club he played at between 2013 and 2017, scoring 105 goals and assisting a further 59 during his spell in Spain.

Of those 59 assists, 22 were for goals scored by Messi and should the Argentine finally make the decision to leave Barcelona in the summer, the prospect of forming a frontline with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe may prove to be an enticing one.

The Brazilian will potentially miss both legs of PSG’s Champions League tie with Barcelona

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