Coutinho: Neymar's return to Barcelona 'would be awesome'

Pep Guardiola

Neymar only left Barca for French giants Paris Saint-Germain in August past year - the Brazil star becoming the world's most expensive player after his €222million release clause was activated. "I would love to have him in my team, I would always have Neymar in my XI".

Rakitic was questioned about his former teammate and current Paris St. Germain player, Neymar.

Real Madrid are also in the running for the winger, with Florentino Perez a huge admirer of Neymar, who he almost signed before he joined Barca.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde quickly shot down the speculation, describing a possible Neymar return as "a fantasy".

"He has not told me anything; but, if it's up to me, I would open the door right now", he said.

The La Liga leaders welcome the Premier League champions to Camp Nou on Wednesday.

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"But I think we all knew the reasons why he left was the amount of money he was going to get paid and he was going to get star billing in a country, a league and a club, which should be enough to satisfy any sportsman".

"I'm not going to talk about a player that is not mine".

Neymar has had a mixed start to life in Paris and speculation abounds about his future despite only joining the team previous year.

Ruiz highlighted Al-Khelaifi's dropping faith in Neymar's commitment after the PSG figurehead recently said he was "2,000 percent sure" the player would stay in Paris beyond the summer.

Real Madrid will allegedly make a big-money move for the forward in the future, but Rakitic has said that he is keen to see Neymar spend a second spell at Camp Nou.

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