The Blaugrana captain says he wants to see each the Brazilian and former boss Pep Guardiola come again to the membership within the close to future. ‘We would love him back’ – Messi hopeful Neymar can make ‘complicated’ Barcelona return
Lionel Messi would like to have Neymar again at Barcelona however admitted Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to let their star asset depart.
Neymar swapped Camp Nou for Parc des Princes in a world-record €222m ($253m, £200m) transfer again in August 2017.
The 26-year-old spent 4 profitable seasons at Barca, successful La Liga twice and the Champions League as soon as, however a need to step out of Messi’s shadow is believed to have motivated his sudden exit.
Speculation persists that Neymar might but search a return to the Blaugrana and his Brazil team-mate Arthur, who linked up with Spanish champions initially of the season, mentioned this week he was “praying” for the rumours to turn into actuality.
Messi shares the same view however holds reservations over the chance of PSG sanctioning the switch.
“I see it as difficult,” the Barca captain mentioned in a wide-ranging interview with Marca.
“We might love him to return again for what he means, each as a participant and for the locker room.
“We’re associates, now we have lived very good moments, others not a lot, however now we have spent a variety of time collectively. Nonetheless, I discover it very tough [for him] to even depart Paris.
“PSG are usually not going to let Neymar get taken away.”
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner additionally nonetheless harbours hope of a future reunion with Pep Guardiola.
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Guardiola, now in cost at Manchester Metropolis, has beforehand claimed his solely route again to Barca could be as a youth coach, however, Messi would admire the chance to play below the Catalan as soon as extra.
“Though it’s tough, I want to work with Guardiola once more,” he mentioned.
“He is, without doubt, one of the finest coaches on this planet. That is why I would really like [him to come back], however, I am telling you that I see it as difficult.”