Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Ronaldo urges PSG star Neymar to focus on injury recovery

Ronaldo urges PSG star Neymar to focus on injury recovery

Philippe Coutinho said it would be "awesome" to have Neymar back at Barcelona amid speculation over a possible return to Camp Nou.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has since labelled the rumours "a fantasy".

That figure may be double what PSG paid to sign Neymar from Barcelona in the summer, but it appears to have shaken the French outfit's president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who will travel to Brazil to talk to Neymar directly.

"It seems like a fantasy to me", the coach said after being quizzed on the subject.

The 26-year-old, who essentially forced his way out of the Spanish club by handing in a transfer request, left the Blaugrana after the Ligue 1 side activated his €222 million (R3.23 billion) release clause in August 2017.

Ivan Rakitic talked up the possibility of Neymar wearing the Barca jersey again following Saturday's 2-0 win over Malaga and Coutinho has now backed his Barcelona team-mate's comments.

'He is a great player. "I would always put Ney on my team", he added.

Marco Ruiz of Spanish daily AS on Monday wrote that a meeting between Real, Neymar Sr. and the player's lawyers recently took place in Paris, where it's said to have been agreed €400 million (£354 million) would be enough to sign the Brazil global.

"It would be great if he came back and of course we would open the door to that".

"Neymar's injury is unfortunate, but I'm convinced that he'll be back for the summer and we can count on other very good players".

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