Neymar 'still wants to leave PSG and go back to Barcelona'
Neymar ‘still wants to go back to Barcelona’ and is ‘desperate to play with Lionel Messi’ again despite his claims he is ‘happier than ever’ at PSG with Brazil star confident he is in a position of strength in contract talks
- Neymar’s future remains in the air with his contract set to expire next summer
- Brazilian star claimed this week he has ‘never been happier’ as a PSG player
- But reports in Spain suggest he still wants to get back to his old club Barcelona
- Neymar wants to be reunited with Lionel Messi, either at Barcelona or at PSG
Neymar ‘still wants to return to Barcelona’ despite his public proclamations that he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian star, whose PSG contract expires next year, claimed he had ‘never been happier’ at the French club when speaking ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Asked about his future in Paris, he said: ‘I have got time on my contract here at PSG. We want to do what is the best for everyone.
Neymar is reportedly still determined to leave PSG and get back to his former club Barcelona
Neymar ‘is determined to play alongside Lionel Messi once again’ either at Barca or PSG
‘I have already said that I am happy here and I feel much better than in the previous seasons.’
However, suggestions that really Neymar wants to return to Barcelona, where he played between 2013 and 2017, persist.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that Neymar is desperate to be reunited with Lionel Messi, preferably at Barcelona or even at PSG.
Neymar, 29, is closely monitoring Messi’s situation at the Nou Camp amid reports the Argentine star could leave the Nou Camp this summer.
Neymar said this week he has ‘never been happier’ as a Paris Saint-Germain player
The Brazilian forward celebrates with Marquinhos after the opening goal against Man City
He believes he is in a position of strength in any contract negotiations because PSG won’t want to let a player they signed for a world record £198million leave for nothing next summer.
Neymar has yet to sign a new deal, which would be until 2026, despite being urged to by the PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
In order to keep the star at the club, PSG is willing to make a serious move for Messi in the summer market.
Neymar with PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino on the training ground – the Brazilian’s contract at the club expires in the summer of 2022
Reports from Spain on Wednesday said they are preparing a two year deal, with the option of a further one, to tempt Messi to the Parc des Princes.
However, Neymar won’t be Barcelona’s No 1 target for the summer with president Joan Laporta prioritising the Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
PSG lost 2-1 to City in the first leg of the semi-final on Wednesday night and face an uphill task to reach the final next month.
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