Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar, despite reports this week that they are keen to bring the Brazil international back to Camp Nou.
He has been regularly linked with Real Madrid — who denied making a move for him in the summer — since leaving Barca for Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million in 2017, but Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo said on Wednesday that he has told Barca he wants them to take him back.
However, Barca vice president Jordi Cardoner said it is not an issue which has been broached by the club’s hierarchy.
“No one on the Barca board has talked about the possibility of bringing back Neymar, right now we can’t give an answer because no one has even mentioned it,” he told radio station SER Catalunya. “He was the one who left. It would be different if we hadn’t believed in him [and let him leave] and now we wanted to bring him back, but that’s not the case.”
Cardoner’s comments correspond with what sources said on Thursday that the club have not talked about the possibility of Neymar coming back, which means they have neither shut the door on a possible return nor are they encouraging one.
“If we did want to sign him then the board would have to discuss it, but until now no one has talked about it,” Cardoner said.
Another source told ESPN FC it would be difficult for Neymar to go back to Barca given the manner in which he left the club last year.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who only worked with Neymar briefly, also suggested it would be tough for a deal to be done.
“It’s always good for [the press] to ask these questions, but Neymar’s at another team now and it’s all speculation,” Valverde said in a news conference on Friday. “We’re not even in the transfer market. It’s a question to distract us all, although you don’t know what can happen in football. Anything can happen, but it’s difficult. We will see.”
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