Laporta States Neymar Wanted to Join Barcelona Before Lionel Messi Left

Mudeet Arora
Joan Laporta has said that Neymar wanted Barcelona return before PSG signed Messi
Joan Laporta has said that Neymar wanted Barcelona return before PSG signed Messi / BERTRAND GUAY/Getty Images

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has sensationally claimed that Neymar was interested in returning back to Camp Nou before Lionel Messi's shock transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in this summer's window.

Neymar formed a very successful trio with Messi and Suarez at Barcelona and even won a UEFA Champions League and two La Liga titles together.

Ever since Neymar made his move to PSG, he was continuously linked with a return back to Barcelona to reunite with Messi and Laporta stated that he actually spoke with Neymar about a return to Catalonia before the club's financial issues became too obvious not to hide.

"We tried to sign Neymar. From the conversations that we had, bringing him here seemed like an attractive proposition and he was keen to come," Laporta told Catalan radio Esport3.

"We interpreted fair play differently, but based on the way [Javier] Tebas [LaLiga president] interprets it, there was no point in making that offer."

Messi completed his move to PSG and signed a two year contract with an option to extend it by a further one year. He will reportedly be earning £25m per year after tax.

Laporta was further asked if he saw Messi's debut in a PSG shirt and he answered, "It was weird to see him wear another kit and to know that we won't have him here. t's a strange feeling and I didn't enjoy seeing him play for a rival club that we have faced in the past."

Finally speaking on his thoughts on Messi's decision to join PSG, Laporta concluded: "I didn't like it. They are our rivals to boot and a team that we've faced in the past."