Door is open for Neymar, says Rakitic

Tricia Pearson
March 12, 2018

But it may not have taken long for Neymar to miss Spain.

Barcelona are still embroiled in a financial dispute over a bonus due to Neymar last summer, which the club cancelled when they believe it became clear he was moving to PSG.

However, Mundo Deportivo report that the Brazilian forward opted to inform them of his wishes just before PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real.

Speaking after Saturday's 2-0 win against Malaga, Rakitic said: 'He has not told me anything, but if it's up to me, I would open the door right now.

Asked about the speculation on Friday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said: "Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players".

The rumors didn't end there. The Brazilian was once a part of the world's deadliest attacking trio, along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. 'Maybe a player will be worth that in 10 years or so, but he'd fit into any team in the world'. As for the 400 million, they paid 220 million [for Neymar] and when they bought me they paid 72. "Or even earlier than that".

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo shakes hands with Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani after their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match AFP

However, Real might only have eyes for his rivals - Neymar. The club is in fact quite loaded with resources, but such a fee would likely lead to depth issues and Real Madrid probably isn't interested in losing ground to Barcelona or other La Liga clubs.

The Brazillian has scored 28 goals for PSG this season but has cut a dejected figure with multiple reports he wants to leave.

Neymar in his debut season at PSG in all competitions played 30 matches.

The Brazilian is said to be unsettled in Paris, despite joining PSG just last summer.

The former Santos prodigy will be desperate to return to first-team football as soon as possible, allowing the necessary time to regain his form ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

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