Messi unsure Barça tried hard to bring Neymar back

September 13, 2019
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Lionel Messi (left) and Neymar gesture during their match against CF Malaga in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
FILE Lionel Messi (left) and Neymar gesture during their match against CF Malaga in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Lionel Messi says that that he is not certain Barcelona did all they could to re-sign Neymar in the offseason.

Messi told the Spanish Sport that he "would have loved to see Neymar" back with Barcelona, but he doesn't "know if Barca did everything possible for his return". He recognised, though, that "certainly, it's not easy to negotiate" with Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi said that "Neymar is one of the best in the world" and that his signing would have also helped the Spanish club reach another level regarding its image and its relationship with sponsors.

Messi said in the interview, published yesterday, that he was always in contact with Neymar and the Brazilian forward "really wanted to come" to Barcelona.

Messi said that Barcelona players never formally asked for Neymar's return, "we simply gave our opinion". He said that the fact that the Brazilian didn't arrive made it clear that he was not the one calling the shots at Barcelona, as many suggested.

Despite the club's failure to attract Neymar, Messi said he was not disappointed, and believed Barcelona still have a "spectacular squad".

Messi said that he doesn't intend to leave Barcelona and wants to keep winning with the club. He said that the most important thing for him is "to be part of a winning project".

Messi is yet to play for Barcelona this season because of a muscle injury.

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