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Neymar will play with Messi again at Barcelona - PSG stars former agent backs Laporta to arrange Camp Nou reunion

20-Mar-2021, 04:36 pm

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Neymar will play with Lionel Messi again, but at Barcelona instead of Paris Saint-Germain, according to his former agent, who has backed Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou.

Messi has been heavily linked with a summer move to PSG amid speculation he will turn down a contract extension at Barca, with Neymar publicly welcoming the prospect of his ex-team-mates arrival at Parc des Princes.

However, the Brazilians one-time representative Andre Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of Neymar returning to Catalunya, as he believes Messi willchoose to stay put following Laportas re-election as Blaugrana president.

"I was inBarcelonafor 10 years, I know every corner of the city, Id be very happy to seeNeymargo to Barcelona,"Neymars former agent told Argentine publicationEl Litoral.

"Neymarhas an open door atBarcelona, their fans knows he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later.

"Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return toBarcelona.We tried and we were really close to getting him out of Paris.But, because of some details, it didnt happen.

"Laportais the only one who can bring them back together again.Messiwont leaveBarcelona -he decided that his history is in Barcelona and Im very clear on that.

"Neymarwill play with Messi again, but inBarcelona."

Neymar joined Messi at Camp Nou in 2013 after being lured away from Santos, and went on to play a key role in one of the most successful periods in the clubs recent history.

Barca won two La Liga titles, one Champions League and three Copas del Reywith Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez leading the line, with an unprecedented treble in 2014-15 marking the peak season for an all-star attacking triumvirate.

However, it was reported that a desire to step out of Messis shadow led to Neymars eventual departure in 2017, with PSG snapping him up for a world record €222 million fee (£191m/$264m).

Neymar is fast approaching the final year of his current contract at PSG, but Goal has reported that the 28-year-old is in line for a new four-year deal.

The French champions have made extensions for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe their top priority ahead of the summer transfer window, amid continued speculation over a possible move to Spain for the pair.

Neymar spoke out on his future in February, telling TF1: "Im very happy here, I want to stay at PSG and I hope Mbappe wants to stay too.

"Of course, thats the wish of all fans, we want PSG to be a great team and I want to keep doing what I do here, play football and be happy.

"Today Im very happy, I feel happy, a lot has changed, I cant exactly say why, if its me or something else."

Messi has insisted he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on his next move, having been unsuccessful in his attempts to force a transfer away from Barca last summer.

If he does depart, PSG and Manchester City have been mooted as the most likely next destinations for the six-time Ballon dOr winner, who told La Sexta in December: "I dont know if Im going to leave or not and if I leave, I would like to leave in the best way."

Laporta claimed he is the only man capable of convincing Messi to remain at Barca during his re-election campaign, which ended in victory earlier this month.

The Spaniard then issued a passionate plea to the Argentina international during his first address as president this week.

"I am here to make decisions, like convincing Leo to carry on, taking advantage of the fact that he is here. He knows that," said Laporta.

"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."


Source : goal.com

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