Messi wanted Neymar to return to Barca

Lionel Messi breaks silence on Barcelona's botched Neymar transfer

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is already working on a new deal for Messi with the Barcelona supremo keen for his star player to commit to the club for the longest time possible.

"Then how my contract is something that does not worry me". However fascinated by it on a sporting degree, I personally suppose Neymar is among the finest gamers on this planet and having him in our squad would improve our possibilities of attaining our targets.

"And as I said before, I need to see there's a winning team because I want to keep winning things at this club". The release clause and the money don't mean much to me. "He was really looking forward to coming back", Messi, who has been unable to play this season due to a calf injury, said.

This summer was full of rumors around Neymar's return to Barcelona.

It came just two years after Neymar left Barca for Ligue 1 giants PSG in a world-record €222 million (£198m/$244m) deal.

"I would have loved to have Neymar back", Messi told Spanish newspaper Diario Sport in an interview published on Thursday. I understand the people who were against it.

"I would have loved for Neymar to return", Messi added.

The pair formed a formidable attack during their time together in Spain along with Luis Suarez
The pair formed a formidable attack during their time together in Spain along with Luis Suarez

"I want to keep on winning things with this club and doing important things. I'm sure I'm not going ot be available against Valencia and we'll see if I come back against Borussia or against Granada". I don't know if we'll have dinner together because I don't know if we will cross paths.

"I know it is hard to negotiate with PSG and with Neymar because he is among the very best".

Messi's haul of 34 trophies - which includes ten La Liga titles, four Champions League titles and six Copa del Reys - is unmatched by any Barcelona player in history. But it's not unlike brand Beckham to chase after one of the world's best players.

The inexperienced former Spain Under-21 coach Albert Celades has since been named as his replacement. We weren't friends because we hadn't shared a dressing room. He will have his work cut out from the start.

But the 32-year-old has reiterated he is exclusively a player for the club amid suggestions he and others had demanded the signing of Neymar.

"Marcelino has fulfilled all the objectives for which he was hired".



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