Neymar Told Barcelona He Wants Return from PSG, According to Sensational Report

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 25:  Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain passes the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Marseille February 25, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Neymar told Barcelona he wants to return to the club prior to Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid, according to sensational reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo's Fernando Polo and Roger Torello (h/t MailOnline's Max Winters) reported Neymar told the Catalan club he misses his former team-mates and was stubborn to force an exit as he looked to strike out on his own away from Lionel Messi.

What's more, the Brazilian is also said to be unhappy with the calibre of opposition he now faces in Ligue 1.

Neymar is on the sidelines with a fractured metatarsal, but he racked up 29 goals and 19 assists in 30 appearances in all competitions prior to his injury.

Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez noted his situation in the French capital and PSG's struggle to live up to Europe's elite:

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Point being, Real Madrid and Barcelona are what PSG dreams of being but will never be, no matter how much money they spend.

His repeated fall-outs with Edinson Cavani over penalty duties also marks a far cry from his chemistry with Messi and Luis Suarez, with whom he was close friends off the pitch.

TOPSHOT - Barcelona players Luis Suarez (L), Neymar (C) and Lionel Messi (R) take part in a training session at Barry University in Miami, Florida, on July 27, 2017, two days before their International Champions Cup friendly match against Real Madrid / AF
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A return to Barcelona is unlikely, though, given the 26-year-old's acrimonious departure from the Camp Nou in the summer.

The forward was publicly critical of the Blaugrana's board after he left for €222 million, and he and the club have each threatened to sue one another.

Further, while his move initially looked to be a significant setback for Barca, the team, while less spectacular, are a more balanced unit without him in the side.

Spanish football commentator Eduardo Alvarez noted the cohesiveness of the team as they beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 earlier in March:

Eduardo Alvarez @Alvarez

2. The team's positioning has been almost perfect. Atleti have not found any openings, they had to earn every half chance they created

On top of those issues, Barca would be hard-pushed to muster the funds needed to bring him back having since signed Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho for up to €145 million and €160 million, respectively.

According to AS' Manu Sainz, it will take €400 million to prise him away from PSG, with Real Madrid interested in bringing him to the Spanish capital.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is an admirer of Neymar's, but he did not want to address speculation regarding his price tag or a move to Madrid, per Real Madrid Info:

Real Madrid Info @RMadridInfo

🎙️ Zidane [on Neymar’s possible price]: "I'm not going to talk about a player that's not mine. When Madrid bought me, I thought it was a crazy amount of money.”

Real Madrid Info @RMadridInfo

🎙️ Zidane: "Neymar would fit in any team because he is very good."

Real are a much likelier destination than Barcelona, and it's not beyond the realms of possibility he goes there at some point, but raising that kind of capital won't be easy even for them.

PSG will also be determined to keep hold of their star for more than just one season—particularly after they crashed out of the Champions League with the player absent through injury—so a move this summer does not look to be on the cards.  


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