?Denis Suarez has revealed that it never crossed his mind to ever think about leaving Barcelona, despite a lack of regular playing time.
The La Blaugrana squad member was allegedly weighing up his future at the club after he failed to earn regular minutes under former boss Luis Enrique last term.
However, Suarez has featured under new manager Ernesto Valverde in the pre-season matches against Juventus and Manchester United in the US already this summer and, in quotes published by ?Sport after his side’s 1-0 win over the Red Devils on Wednesday, was quizzed on whether he had wanted to depart at any point in 2016/17.
I don’t get Barca fans’ doubts over Coutinho when bums like Andre Gomes, Rakitic and Denis Suarez start for them lmao, should be thankful
— Rashad (@azpilicuela) July 26, 2017
He replied: “I never thought about the possibility to leave the team this summer, and the club never opened the door for me to leave. I’m happy here.
“The training and the method of working are different. And in the game, a difference with last year is that Valverde likes that our best players play inside and the side plays long.”
The 24-year-old was also questioned over the ongoing reports concerning a potential new Barcelona arrival and a current superstar who may leave in a world-record transfer.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is reportedly on Barca’s radar as they look to bring the £80m-rated playmaker to the Nou Camp.
However, Barcelona may be without the services of Brazil international forward Neymar beyond the end of the current window, with Paris Saint-Germain still being linked with an astronomical £196m switch for him.
Suarez said of the pair: “I think he’s a good player, but he’s in Liverpool. When it comes, if it comes, we can think about it. There are so many players during the transfer market that you never know who will come and who will not.
“We want him (Neymar) to stay, but only he will say if he stays or goes. It’s true that PSG is in for him, but he decides what’s best for him.”
There had been little doubt that Mbappe would ultimately end up at Real when he felt it was right to leave Monaco, with the only real questions over the fee that would be paid to the French champions and assurances for the player about game time.
Earlier this week it was reported that a deal totalling €180m was agreed, but Diego Torres Romano of Madrid-based newspaper El Pais, a journalist with close ties to Real, has suggested that Perez actually fears Mbappe has an agreement with Barça in light of the Neymar sale.
Florentino teme que el Barça tenga firmado a Mbappé y venda a Neymar al PSG. Esto le bloquearía la compra de Mbappé y la venta de Cristiano.
— Diego Torres Romano (@diegotorresro) July 27, 2017
With the anticipated €220m windfall, finances certainly wouldn’t be an issue at Camp Nou if they wished to trade like for like in a one in/one out kind of deal.
Unlike at Real, with Neymar gone from Barça there wouldn’t be the same need to convince Mbappe that he would be guaranteed a decent amount of playing time. As things stands, Real would have to move someone on to give the youngster the chances he would crave.
That relies on another club buying one of their stars, most likely Gareth Bale, and makes their attempt to sign Mbappe a lot more complicated than Barça’s would be.
And Neymar’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain that would make it possible seems to be edging closer and closer to reality. One thing potentially holding up the deal was uncertainty with regard to how it would affect the club in relation to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
If there was any chance PSG could be sanctioned and banned from the Champions League for falling foul of the rules again, Neymar would understandably want to steer clear. But UEFA’s Head of Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play, Andrea Traverso, appears to have little issue with it if his comments in a column for ?Gazzetta dello Sport are anything to go by.
“Clubs like Manchester City and PSG do not do what they want, they have respected our agreements. They have enormous revenues and can act. The rules are the same for everyone. If a club buys, we assume it has done the maths. Otherwise, it will be sanctioned. But we cannot stop them from buying,” Traverso explained.
“Football is growing at 10% per year. Everyone is surprised by the Neymar figures, but the revenues of these clubs have increased and they probably have the right accounts to be able to spend.”
In a further update on Neymar’s increasingly likely exit, Marcelo Bechler of Esporte Interativo, who first brought news that the player was willing to accept PSG’s incredible offer, has tweeted that Neymar will not now return to Barcelona after their summer tour of America.
Informação que acabamos de trazer no @Esp_Interativo: Neymar não deve voltar para Barcelona com o grupo (falta confirmação do clube).
— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) July 27, 2017
He claims to have been given word by the club that Neymar won’t be going back with the squad.
?Barcelona are willing to let Neymar leave the club for Paris Saint-Germain, but they’d want cash plus Marco Verratti.
The Blaugrana are growing increasingly concerned about the future of the Brazilian, and seem to have really been rocked by PSG’s intention to prize the winger away from the Nou Camp for the value of his £196m release clause.
It has prompted them to consider proposing an alternative arrangement, and that offer would entail the French club to part ways with €150m cash, plus Verratti, as reported by El Penalti.
The Italian midfield dynamo was on Barca’s radar earlier in the window, but reports have gone quiet over the past few weeks whilst the club turned their attentions to Chinese Super League star Paulinho.
Verratti has also supposedly become a target of Manchester United in the past week or so, but Barcelona could now be set to come back in for him with PSG interested in Neymar.
If they are going to lose the man who could potentially take over from Lionel Messi’s mantle, the Blaugrana will want to make sure they are getting the absolute best deal.
Their midfield has taken a turn for the worst in recent reasons – Andres Iniesta is not the player of a few seasons back, and Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez have failed to make the desired impact, so suggesting using ‘wantaway’ Neymar to get Verratti is sensible decision.
?The transfer saga of the summer rumbles on as Neymar has reportedly made some requests to PSG before he decides whether or not he will join them.
The French giants are prepared to pay up to €222m to bring the superstar to Paris but ?Le Parisian claims that Neymar’s main reason for leaving Barcelona was the fact that he was the only Brazilian at the club.
Therefore he has told PSG manager
?Barcelona star Neymar is in the news a lot these days. The Brazilian attacker is rumoured to be considering a switch to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. However, in the meantime, he’s having a bit of fun in the United States – particularly with famous ladies.
A new fondness for pop star Demi Lovato seems to be brewing. And the performer was in attendance when the 25-year-old bagged a brace against Juventus in New Jersey on the weekend.
They also hung out with each other after the friendly fixture.
Neymar though apparently isn’t ready to limit his options to one beautiful music star, and was also pictured with DJ Casey Kiss in New York this week.
DJ Casey posted a pic of herself hanging with the Barça man on her Instagram, with the caption: “I am always been big fan of soccer and specially @fcbarcelona ???? and today I got a chance to play for guys party at @gansevoort!
… Energy and dancing. Let’s leave that one there. But Neymar seems to be having a whale of a time in America, and who can blame him?