Following the Blaugrana’s most recent presidential polls, the Brazilian is supposed to retrace his measures.
According to his former agent, who has backed Joan Laporta in securing a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou, Neymar will play with Lionel Messi again, but this time at Barcelona rather than PSG.
Messi has been heavily linked with a summer move to PSG despite rumours that he will reject a contract extension at Barcelona, with Neymar openly accepting the possibility of his ex-teammate joining him at Parc des Princes.
However, the Brazilian’s former delegate Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Catalunya because he believes Messi will prefer to remain after Laporta’s re-election as Blaugrana president.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID SO FAR
“I was in Barcelona for ten years, I know every corner of the capital, and I’d be very pleased to see Neymar go to Barcelona,”
Neymar’s former agent told the Argentine newspaper El Litoral.
“Neymar has an open door at Barcelona; their supporters know he made a mistake and even he realized it later.”
“Two years ago, Neymar officially invited me to return to Barcelona. We tried and were almost successful in getting him out of Paris. However, owing to a few specifics, it did not take place. Laporta is the only one who can get them all together. Messi will not abandon Barcelona; he has determined that his history is in Barcelona and I am certain of that.
“Neymar will play with Messi again, but in Barcelona.”
THE HISTORY OF NEYMAR AND MESSI AT BARCELONA
After being tempted away from Santos, Neymar joined Messi at Camp Nou in 2013 and went on to play a key role in one of the club’s most fruitful stretches in recent history.
With Neymar, Messi, and Luis Suarez leading the way, Barcelona claimed two La Liga cups, one Champions League, and three Copas del Rey, with a historic treble in 2014-15 marking the peak season for an all-star attacking triumvirate.
However, it was reported that a willingness to get out of Messi’s shadow led to Neymar’s eventual departure in 2017, with PSG acquiring him for a world record €222 million fee (£191 million/$264 million).
NEYMAR’S PRESENT OUTLOOK ON HIS PROSPECTS
Neymar is nearing the end of his latest PSG contract, but Goal reports that the 28-year-old is in line for a new four-year deal.
The French champions have made contract extensions for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe their top priority ahead of the summer transfer window, despite ongoing rumours about the pair’s potential departure to Spain.
In February, Neymar spoke out about his future, telling TF1: “I’m very comfortable here; I want to stay at PSG, and I think Mbappe does as well.
“Of course, it is the dream of all fans; we want PSG to be a wonderful team, and I want to continue doing what I do here, which is to play football and be happy.
“Today I’m really pleased, I feel happy; a lot has changed, although I’m not sure whether it’s because of me or anything else.”
MESSI’S PERSONALITY AND LAPORTA’S IMPACT
Messi has maintained that he will wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his next move, after failing to push a move away from Barcelona last summer.
If he does leave, PSG and Manchester City are the most possible next stops for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who told La Sexta in December: “I don’t know if I’m going to leave or not, and if I leave, I want to go in the best way.”
Laporta said he is the only man who can persuade Messi to stay at Barcelona during his re-election bid, which he won earlier this month.
During his first speech as president this week, the Spaniard made an impassioned appeal to the Argentina international.
“I am here to make decisions, like convincing Leo to carry on, taking advantage of the fact that he is here. He knows that,”
“You know the affection I hold for you and we will do whatever it takes to keep you here. You know you cannot leave, Leo.”
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