Neymar: PSG star ‘pauses contract talks’ and pushes for Barcelona return because of Messi

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Neymar has halted PSG contract talks and offered himself to Barcelona, it has been sensationally claimed. The Brazil international left the Nou Camp for Parc des Princes back in the summer transfer window of 2017. Yet he could now be primed for a sensational return.

Neymar seemed to have agreed a new contract with PSG earlier in the campaign.

But, with the French titans now looking likely to miss out on the Ligue 1 title in the wake of their 1-0 defeat to Lille on Saturday, he could now leave.

And Diari ARA have now sensationally claimed that Neymar has paused PSG contract talks and offered himself back to Barcelona.

It’s claimed the Brazilian ‘does not rule out’ a shock return to the Nou Camp, four years after he upset the Catalan giants by moving to the Parc des Princes.

Neymar supposedly thinks Lionel Messi will stay at the club.

And he maintains a desire to play alongside the Argentina international, with the pair previously shining during their time as team-mates.

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Messi has been linked with PSG amid uncertainty over his Barcelona future, with the 33-year-old’s contract due to expire at the end of the season.

But Neymar now thinks his best chance of a reunion with the veteran is to move back to Barcelona, instead of staying put at PSG.

The Samba star is being monitored by Manchester United at the current moment in time, especially with his contract in France due to end in the summer of 2022.

Yet Barcelona now seem like the favourites in the race to land the Brazilian who, at 29, is in the prime years of his career.

The Catalan giants did seriously ponder re-signing Neymar back in the summer transfer window of 2019, with Messi pushing the club into striking a deal.

But that didn’t work out, with the reigning La Liga champions choosing to spend big on Antoine Griezmann instead.

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Meanwhile, speaking last year, Messi admitted he was still rooting for Neymar to return to Barcelona one day despite the controversial nature of his departure.

Messi said: “Neymar is one of the best in the world and I’d love him to come back.

“He is a very happy person who is always smiling and enjoys himself on and off the pitch. He gave all the players a lift.

“It’s normal for the fans to feel [resentment about his possible return] because of the way he left, and that also bothered me at the time because we tried to do everything possible to try to convince him not to do it.

“At the end of the day, we all want to win. We all want to have the best and that goes for the fans, who want to see good football and success.

“I think Neymar really wants to come back.

“He’s sorry about what he did and last year he tried hard to come back. I think that [apologising] would be the first step he would take to try to make it happen.”

Former Barcelona director Eric Abidal claimed earlier this month he wanted Neymar back – but the rest of the board lobbied for Griezmann’s arrival instead.

“Ten days before the end of the transfer window, I went to Paris to talk with Leonardo [PSG’s sporting director] and I was with my CEO, and we were talking about Neymar,” he said.

“I think if the CEO goes to Paris Saint-Germain, it’s because we can sign him.

“If we didn’t sign Griezmann before, I think 100 per cent we could have re-signed Neymar because what we needed was a winger and when Neymar was in Barcelona he was amazing.

“This is not about which player is better, it was what I thought was the position we needed at the time.

“The team needed a real winger. The president decided to sign Griezmann.

“One of the arguments against Neymar was that he had a court case against the club, so it’s not easy.

“They said he would have to stop the court process if he wanted to come back. That wasn’t my problem because I was not at the club when that dispute happened. In my view, I could sign the player, but it didn’t happen.”

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