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Friday 25 May 2018

Neymar move to Real would be a big blow to Barca: Messi

Neymar left Barcelona last August. Pic: AP
Neymar left Barcelona last August. Pic: AP

It would be a major blow to Barcelona if Neymar moved from Paris St Germain to Real Madrid, the Brazil striker's ex-team mate Lionel Messi said on Tuesday.

The Argentine, who won the Champions League and two of his La Liga titles with Neymar alongside him at Barcelona, said he had spoken to the Brazilian about rumours linking him with a return to Spain.

"It would be terrible, because of all that Ney means to Barcelona," Messi told Argentina's TyC Sports. "If he ends up at Real Madrid it would be a major blow to us. And on a footballing level Madrid would be much stronger than they already are."

When asked if he had told the Brazilian not even to think about going to Madrid, a smiling Messi said: "He knows what I think, I've already told him!"

Neymar left Barcelona last August, becoming the world's most expensive soccer player in a transfer that upset many Barcelona fans.

Yet media reports that he might leave the French capital and move to Madrid have been circulating for months, prompting the PSG chairman to declare earlier this week that Neymar will "2000 percent" be in Paris next season.

The Brazilian has refused to talk about the speculation and said he is concentrating on recovering from a foot injury in time for next month's World Cup.

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