Video: “We will see what happens” says Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde regarding Neymar deal

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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has refused to rule out a late move for Neymar as the Brazilian forward looks to engineer a return to the Camp Nou.

Neymar left Barcelona for PSG for a world record fee of €222 million in August 2017, but after two seasons with the French club he is reportedly keen to return to Spain.

That saw him refuse to return for pre-season training earlier in the summer and Valverde’s reluctance to deny his interest could see Neymar reunited with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and new signing Antoine Griezmann in a devastating attack.

“We will see what happens,” said Valverde.


“The classic response is that he plays for another team and that’s that. All I know is that I’m the manager and I only think about the players I have.








“As it stands, I don’t know what is going to happen. There are many factors to whether he leaves or not but in principle I don’t know what will happen and I’m not thinking about him (Neymar).”



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Neymar joining Real Madrid would be “painful”, according to Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena.

The Brazilian is in talks to leave Paris Saint-Germain with both the Blaugrana and their bitter rivals Real battling for his signature.

Neymar is said to be desperate to leave Paris but while a transfer seems likely, the destination is not yet clear.

However, Alena hopes it won’t be to the Spanish capital.

“It would hurt if Neymar went to our eternal rival, especially after playing [for Barcelona],” Alena said after Barca defeated Napoli 4-0 in a pre-season friendly.

“We hope that he comes back. He’s a spectacular player, one of the best in the world.

“If he comes back it would be an amazing signing, it would be an incredible way to close the transfer window. He would make us all better.”

PSG revealed on Saturday that Neymar transfer talks are “more advanced than before” after he was dropped for the French champions’ opening Ligue 1 match.

Sporting director Leonardo confirmed to reporters that the Brazil icon was near the exit door but that PSG were “not yet ready to give their approval (to the transfer)” ahead of Sunday’s game against Nimes at the Parc des Princes.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said: “Neymar did not complete training and it’s not possible that he plays tomorrow.”

The club are impatient for the transfer saga to reach a conclusion, one way or another.

“It’s important to shape our future for everyone,” Neymar’s fellow Brazilian Leonardo told a press conference.

“If he stays, he plays. If he leaves, he leaves. The quicker (we know) the better.”

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Ernesto Valverde happy with Barcelona squad ahead of 2019/20 season

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he is happy with the squad at his disposal going into the 2019/20 season.

The Spanish giants were very active in the transfer market and are expected to remain so, as they attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar.

The coach, however, provided no clarity on the club’s pursuit of the Brazilian when he addressed the media ahead of Barcelona’s final pre-season friendly against Napoli on Saturday night.

“That’s just an assumption,” Valverde responded when asked if Neymar’s arrival would distort the balance at the club.

“We’ll see what happens, but you already know the usual answer which is that he’s a player of another team and so on.

“I know what I have, what I’m working with and who I’m counting on.

“What happens, we’ll see. We don’t know what’ll happen and I’m not thinking about it. I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

The Basque coach reiterated that he is happy with the team and will work with all the players in the squad.

“I’m always happy with the players I have,” Valverde explained.

“They’re very good. Even last year we almost had a perfect season.

“Now we’ve made four important additions and we have to try to improve.”

Ivan Rakitic has been linked with a move away from the club, with Inter Milan emerging as favourites. The manager admitted that he is unsure of the player’s future at the club but confirmed that there is nothing to suggest that he will be departing yet.

“He’s very important for us,” Valverde said.

“His work is there. Right now I don’t know if he’ll stay, but I’m counting on him, as I am with everyone we have.

“In principle, nothing makes me think I won’t have him.”

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