Neymar wants Lionel Messi ‘next season’ reunion and suggests Barcelona striker should join PSG | Football News

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has expressed his wish to play with former teammate Lionel Messi next season.

Messi wanted to leave Barcelona this summer, but reluctantly stayed behind after former president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the Argentine’s € 700m release clause had to be met for him to leave .

The 33-year-old’s contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of this season, leaving him free to negotiate with other clubs from January.

The Manchester City chief executive has claimed the Premier League club have the financial strength to sign Messi, but head coach Pep Guardiola recently cooled talks about a possible reunion by insisting he wanted the six-time Ballon d’Or winner sees his career at Barça. .

Neymar, however, has openly admitted that he wants to play with Messi again, and although the former has been linked with a return to Barca, his comments suggest he would prefer the Argentine to join him in Paris.

“What I want above all is to play with Messi again, so that I can take advantage of him on the pitch again,” said Neymar. ESPN after PSG’s 3-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“He can play for me, I have no problem with that. But I want to play with him next year for sure. We have to do it next season. ”

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The formidable trio of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar inspired Barcelona to the 2015 treble

Neymar left Barca for PSG in 2017, joining for a world record of £ 200million and winning three straight Ligue 1 titles as well as two French Cups and two League Cups.

In August, PSG reached their first Champions League final, losing to Bayern Munich 1-0, and after the disappointment Neymar vowed to stay with the French club and try to win the competition the following year. .

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Neymar missed the Champions League with PSG in August

The losses to United and RB Leipzig left PSG in a precarious position in their 2020-21 Champions League squad after just three games played, but the French champions have since returned to contention winning both matches reversed.

Neymar’s brace in the 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday saw PSG join United and Leipzig with nine points within one round of the end.

United will travel to Leipzig on December 8 in what appears to be a straight-through shootout for the round of 16, with PSG hosting Istanbul Basaksehir at the same time.

No brilliant stop Neymar

Nick Wright de Sky Sports:

How do you stop Neymar?

Aaron Wan-Bissaka did a good job when Manchester United visited Paris in October and Scott McTominay seemed to handle him well at Old Trafford in the first half, getting under his skin to the point that the Brazilian had to be shot down. the tunnel by his teammates at the break.

Neymar scored PSG's first and third goals at Old Trafford
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Neymar scored PSG’s first and third goals at Old Trafford

But Neymar had the final say, his quality ultimately revealing too much – as is often the case. The 28-year-old scored his first goal brilliantly, sniffing at home at a sharp angle after an effort from Kylian Mbappe deflected his way, but it was his second, in the first minute of stoppage time, which killed the match and underlined how special he is.

It started deep in PSG territory, with a slowdown that took him away from compatriot Alex Telles. He then left Bruno Fernandes in his wake, before stepping away from Harry Maguire. His pass to Mbappe was perfect, and seconds later he was in the right place at the right time to turn Rafinha’s cut-back into the empty Manchester United net.

Sometimes there is no way to stop it.

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