Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Neymar's time at Paris Saint-Germain could be coming to a brief close after just one season, and the question remains; if he does leave, which club will the Brazilian choose?

Life in the French capital has been comfortable for Neymar, who has scored 29 goals and assisted 19 in 30 games in all competitions.

"Everybody knew that the move to PSG was not going to satisfy him, apart from money", the former Tottenham and Man Utd forward told the La Liga Weekly podcast.

In addition to checking on his physical condition, Al-Khelaifi and Henrique want to find out if the Brazilian really intends to see out the contract he signed with PSG - which runs until 2022.

The La Liga leaders welcome the Premier League champions to Camp Nou on Wednesday.

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"There was all the talk about wanting to win the Ballon d'Or [when Neymar joined PSG], but that does not matter".

Mundo Deportivo concedes Neymar's courting of Barcelona may even be a tactic to justify a move to Real, given the Catalan club is likely to reject any chance to re-sign the 26-year-old.

"There was also the talk about stepping out of the shadows of Lionel Messi, but really?" He was talked about as part of that three up front, so the reasons for him leaving were odd and surprising when it happened.

Being knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 is a major disappointment for Neymar, who has undergone surgery and is set to miss the rest of the 2017-18 campaign. "Not only because of the relationship I have with him, but because of the type of player he is", he said.

"I am thinking as Rakitic does, I would like to have here the best players and Neymar is one of them", said fellow Brazil global Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool in January.

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