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Ivan Rakitic: 'I'd welcome Neymar return to Barcelona'

Ivan Rakitic: 'I'd welcome Neymar return to Barcelona'

There have been many reports suggesting that the Brazilian left the club to get out of Lionel Messi's shadow at the Camp Nou, but no matter what the player's reasoning might have been, Croatia worldwide Ivan Rakitic says he would welcome Neymar back with open arms.

Reports have suggested that Neymar is now unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and would like a return to Spain, although is has been claimed that the Ligue 1 have been 'banned' from selling the Brazilian attacker.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has since labelled the rumours "a fantasy".

Philippe Coutinho would be delighted if PSG star Neymar was to re-sign for Barcelona.

"It seems like a fantasy to me", the coach said after being quizzed on the subject.

The now PSG man left Camp Nou for a staggering amount and release clause that makes it nearly impossible for him to leave the Paris side. "We don't know where it's come from or where it's going to end".




"He is a great player".

Within Barcelona, few are keen to make such a deal happen and Croatian midfielder Rakitic is one of those.

Marco Ruiz of Spanish daily AS on Monday wrote that a meeting between Real, Neymar Sr. and the player's lawyers recently took place in Paris, where it's said to have been agreed €400 million (£354 million) would be enough to sign the Brazil worldwide.

"With Neymar, that's life, but I have the same feelings as Rakitic", Coutinho said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.

"If it was up to me, I'd open Camp Nou's doors to him right now".

"I am playing alongside him with Brazil and it's a privilege".


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