Neymar Reveals Desire to Play Alongside Lionel Messi Next Season

Tom Gott
Neymar wants a reunion with Lionel Messi
Neymar wants a reunion with Lionel Messi / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has confessed that he dreams of reuniting with Barcelona's Lionel Messi next summer.

Alongside Luis Suarez, the pair were part of one of the most dominant attacking trios in football history. During their time at Barcelona between 2014 and 2017, 'MSN' managed no less than 364 goals and 171 assists in all competitions.

The pair enjoyed three years of dominance at Camp Nou
The pair enjoyed three years of dominance at Camp Nou / Elsa/Getty Images

Neymar put an end to the fun by moving to PSG in 2017, but ever since then, he has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou - with Messi often said to be keen to link up with the Brazilian once more.

However, speaking to ESPN after netting twice in PSG's 3-1 win over Manchester United on Wednesday, Neymar suggested that the reunion could come in Paris as he pleaded with Messi to join him at the Parc des Princes next season.

"I want to play with him again," Neymar said. "What I want most is to enjoy his company again on the pitch. Next year we have to do that.

Neymar hopes to see Messi join him in Paris
Neymar hopes to see Messi join him in Paris / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

"He could even take my spot in the team, there would be no problems for sure. I want to play with him again and for sure next year we have to."

Messi is out of contract at Barcelona next summer and will have the chance to walk away from Camp Nou for free - something he was desperate to do earlier this year.

It is not yet known whether the departure of unpopular president Josep Maria Bartomeu - and the imminent arrival of his replacement - will be enough to convince Messi to commit his future to Barcelona, and the 33-year-old is said to be waiting until he has a clearer idea of the club's long-term strategy before making a decision.

Messi is yet to decide on his future
Messi is yet to decide on his future / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Neymar's return to Barcelona seems unlikely - given the vast financial cost of any prospective deal - but stranger things have happened in football. The Brazilian's contract in Paris expires in 2022 and the Ligue 1 giants may be forced to sell for a reduced price if he refuses to negotiate an extension.

However, the easiest way to reunite the pair is in the French capital, as PSG would have no problem in accommodating Messi's sizeable salary.


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