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

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Diario AS reported this week that Barca's rivals Real Madrid have already told Neymar's father, who also serves as his manager, that they are willing to meet PSG's asking price of €400m.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic says that he would be happy to see Neymar make a return to Barcelona at some stage in the future.

Life in the French capital has been comfortable for Neymar, who has scored 29 goals and assisted 19 in 30 games in all competitions.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde called the rumours "fantasy" on Friday but Rakitic was more welcoming to the idea of the Brazil worldwide coming back to the club.

Barcelona faces Chelsea on Wednesday at Camp Nou in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League.

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He is believed to have told former team-mates that he was wrong in wanting to step out from Lionel Messi's shadow and lacks the understanding he had with his former colleagues. He was talked about as part of that three up front, so the reasons for him leaving were odd and surprising when it happened. Chelsea will be very hard, and the fans know we have to be together. "I would always put Neymar in my team".

"I'm not going to talk about a player that is not mine". "There will be an element of mistrust and if Barcelona could not satisfy him on the football pitch, and with the salary, then why would anyone else pay double the amount it took PSG to buy him?"

"Neymar's injury is unfortunate, but I'm convinced that he'll be back for the summer and we can count on other very good players".

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