Friday, 23 March, 2018

Coutinho backs Neymar to return to Barcelona

Neymar Paris Saint Germain Ligue 1 GETTYNeymar has been backed to leave Paris Saint Germain for Real Madrid in the summer
Nellie Chapman | 13 March, 2018, 11:15

Reports have suggested that Neymar is now unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and would like a return to Spain, although is has been claimed that the Ligue 1 have been 'banned' from selling the Brazilian attacker.

NEYMAR has told his father he wants any potential move to Real Madrid sorted before the World Cup, according to reports in Spain. Whilst talking about Arthur, Coutinho said: "He has excellent qualities, I played with him once in the national team and I was pleasantly surprised".

Mundo Deportivo say that the forward is hoping to secure a return to the Camp Nou not this summer, but in the summer of 2019, given that it would be impossible for Paris Saint-Germain to allow him to depart only a year after arriving.

A return to Barcelona has been mooted, as has a move to Real Madrid who have done little to quell speculation. After PSG's exit from UEFA Champions League in Round of 16, Neymar is making headlines over a possible move away to either back to FC Barcelona or their worst enemy and La Liga holders Real Madrid.

He is believed to have told former team-mates that he was wrong in wanting to step out from Lionel Messi's shadow and lacks the understanding he had with his former colleagues.

"With Neymar, that's life, but I have the same feelings as Rakitic", Coutinho said, as quoted by Marca.

With Neymar contracted to PSG until the summer of 2022, Gibson doubts there are any sides out there who could even now afford the playmaker.

Neymar is now back in Brazil where he is recovering from surgery on the fractured metatarsal which forced him to miss PSG's loss to Madrid in the Champions League last Tuesday.