Barcelona: Koeman hopes Messi stays for 'many more years'
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Barcelona will wait until the end of the season before deciding on whether to pursue Neymar, according to reports. The PSG star has indicated he’ll sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes. However, that hasn’t stopped transfer speculation from rumbling on.
Neymar said before PSG’s defeat to Manchester City that he was happy in France, and that a renewal wasn’t too far off.
“We are in talks with PSG. There is nothing pressing,” he said.
“Everything is nearly sorted. I feel at ease. I feel truly very happy here at PSG.
“Concerning the fans, that is what I can’t wait for the most, for them to be back in the stadium.
“I hope that they support all the players, that they will be there to encourage us.”
However, talk of Neymar leaving France has continued to gather momentum.
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And the Daily Mail say there’s still strong interest from Barcelona, who would love to bring him back to the Nou Camp.
It’s claimed that Lionel Messi is expecting the club to make at least one big signing this summer as they look to re-establish themselves as one of the best teams on the planet.
And Barcelona have decided they’ll wait until the end of the campaign, and how PSG’s season plays out, before making a final decision.
It’s stated, however, that Erling Haaland is the club’s main target for the time being.
And if Barcelona miss out on both the Borussia Dortmund star and Neymar, they may make an approach for Sergio Aguero.
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Manchester City have already confirmed the Argentina international will leave the Etihad Stadium this summer after a glittering decade with the club.
And Barcelona could snap him up, especially given their need to sign a Luis Suarez replacement.
Suarez was allowed to join Atletico Madrid last year, in a move that angered Barcelona fans and Messi in particular.
And while Antoine Griezmann has shown positive signs of life, it seems as though the La Liga titans intend to recruit regardless.
Meanwhile, speaking last year, Messi expressed a belief that Neymar regretted leaving Barcelona behind and would love to return.
“It bothered me at the time [when Neymar left] and we tried to convince him not to do it,” he said.
“But we all want to win and have the best players around us.
“He’s one of the best players in the world and he brought a lot to the team. But it’s understandable that people would see it as leaving in a bad way.”
“He is desperate to return and has always appeared to regret his decision.
“He did a lot to come back and that would be the first step in making it happen. He was always fine at Barca, performing at a very high level. He’s a different type of player who is difficult to stop one-on-one and score goals.”
Joan Laporta was recently appointed as Barcelona’s new president.
But, when quizzed on Neymar back in December, he refused to open up on the possibility of re-signing the forward.
“I will not talk about this or that player during the campaign, because it can destabilise the team,” he said.
“They are attentive to all the stories that come out.
“I don’t want someone from inside (Barça) to tell me that I have destabilised the club, if I win.”
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