Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar has expressed his desired to play with former team-mate Lionel Messi next season.
Messi wanted to leave Barcelona in the summer, but reluctantly stayed after now-former president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the Argentine’s €700m release clause had to be met in order for him to depart.
The 33-year-old’s contract at the Nou Camp expires at the end of this season, making him free to negotiate with other clubs from January.
Manchester City’s chief operating officer claimed the Premier League club have the financial strength to sign Messi, but head coach Pep Guardiola recently cooled talk of a possible reunion by insisting he wants the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to see out his career at Barca.
Neymar, however, has openly admitted he wants to play with Messi again, and though the former had been linked with a return to Barca, his comments suggest he would prefer the Argentine to join him in Paris.
“What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able to enjoy him once again on the pitch,” Neymar told ESPN after PSG’s 3-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.
“He can play in my place, I have no problem with that. But I want to play with him next year, for sure. We have to do it next season.”