Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Valverde: "I am counting on Neymar, we have to wait"

Lionel Messi GETTY Lionel Messi signed a new Barcelona contract last month
Spencer Simpson | 04 August, 2017, 00:22

Barcelona concluded their USA tour with the ICC North American trophy for 2017, while Real Madrid will go on to play Major League Soccer's All Stars in Chicago on Wednesday.

Neymar himself is said to be keen to move, if just to escape Lionel Messi's shadow at Barcelona that he's been under since 2013.

PSG are closing on a world record deal for the Brazil global.

The 25-year-old has emerged as one of the main protagonists in the summer transfer window, with French giants PSG ready to pay up his €222 million (£199m) release clause.

Real Madrid defender Ramos, who has been subjected to Neymar's attacking brilliance over the years, was the first to offer his two cents.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is backing Neymar to leave Barcelona. I hope [he leaves]. It would get rid of a problem for us as in the big games he makes the difference. He has not said anything to me and I am not going to talk about personal things, everyone is free to choose their future.

"I changed the shirt with him and I hope it is the last one I have used with Barca".

"People who know me are aware that it is hard to wind me up but the referee did", the Croatia global said.

"I have a good relationship with him", he told the media.

Speaking after netting a stunning free-kick in PSG's Trophee des Champions win over Monaco, Alves said: 'I speak with him every day, but not always about football.

It was hardly a friendly as the bitter rivals clashed for only the second time outside of Spain with both managers naming their strongest XI to date.

The headline news is that Neymar starts for Ernesto Valverde's side, despite reports that he has told his Barcelona team-mates that he will leave for pastures new in Paris. He's one of my best friends and I'll always want him by my side, but I cannot interfere.

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