Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique took to social media on Sunday evening to all but reassure Blaugrana fans that club superstar Neymar would be remaining with the La Liga giants, captioning an Instagram post with the words ‘Se queda’ – he’s staying.
The Brazilian striker has been the subject of incessant media speculation claiming that the 25-year-old will be joining Ligue Un powerhouse PSG in the coming days, with talk of an unprecedented ?€222m transfer strongly mooted.
The speculation had threatened to derail a closely-knit Camp Nou, who have relied heavily on the influence of the Brazilian to forge a deadly and fear-inducing three-pronged attack with fellow forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
??But Pique’s intervention – ostensibly – will now go a long way to confirming that the former Santos star will continue to ply his trade in Catalonia and usher in manager Ernesto Valverde’s rein at the Camp Nou.
?Real Madrid forward has contacted Barcelona’s Neymar, telling him to reject Paris-Saint Germain and wait for Manchester United.
Neymar is reportedly eager to leave Barcelona after some media outlets claimed the Brazil international was fed up playing in teammate Lionel Messi’s shadow since joining the club in 2013.
Spanish sports newspaper ?Diario Gol claims Ronaldo has reportedly got in touch with Neymar and told him to hold off interest from PSG, who are reportedly willing to break the world transfer record in order to sign the former Santos man.
United have also been touted as a potential destination for Neymar, with the Red Devils showing in recent transfer windows that they are financially strong in securing deals for midfielder Paul Pogba and striker Romelu Lukaku.
Ronaldo reportedly contacted Neymar through WhatsApp, telling the 25-year-old he would be dropping down a number of levels in order to play for PSG, whose record in Europe is incomparable to Barcelona’s.
PSG have failed to win the Champions League while Neymar has already tasted success in the competition with Barcelona before, scoring in the final of the 2014-15 edition of the competition as the Catalan giants beat Juventus 3-1.
Ronaldo apparently pointed out that Ligue 1 currently lacks the appeal of Spain and England’s top divisions and has urged Neymar to hold out and sign for his former club in the future instead.
Neymar has scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona since joining the club, winning two La Liga titles and three Copa del Rey cups.
?Conflicting reports have emerged claiming new contracts for Barcelona star Neymar are being finalised by both the Catalan giants and French side Paris-Saint Germain.
There has been a lot of talk regarding the future of the Brazil international, with some media outlets claiming Neymar has become frustrated at playing in the shadow of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and is eager to move away.
Marca claim PSG will splash out almost £352m in total for the 25-year-old, with a release clause being set at £196m and £136m being used for wages.
Marca say Neymar will sign six-year PSG deal on £500,000 a week. Total cost £352m. £196m release clause + £156m wages
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 23, 2017
Gustavo Xisto e Altamiro Bezerra, advogados de Neymar, estão em Barcelona para finalizar um novo contrato para o atacante.
— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) July 23, 2017
???Sport believe the trio met on Saturday night in New Jersey, with the club currently on a pre-season tour of the USA, and Messi and Suarez attempted to show Neymar that there is no better team for him to play for currently than Barcelona.
With new manager Ernesto Valverde in charge, Messi and Suarez attempted to persuade the Brazilian that he cannot leave yet as there is still a lot more for the Nou Camp side to accomplish.
The talks reportedly went on for over an hour and they proved successful, with Messi and Suarez convincing Neymar that much success lies ahead for Barcelona as they look to wrestle back the La Liga title from current champions Real Madrid.
Neymar reportedly said: “I’ll stay.”
Neymar has made 186 appearances for Barcelona since joining the club in 2013, scoring 105 goals.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City were both offered the chance to sign Barcelona forward Neymar.
Reports have claimed the Brazil international is unhappy at Barcelona and is eager to move this summer, with the former Santos man growing frustrated at playing in the shadow of Argentina international Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.
Both United and City were offered the chance to Neymar, according to ?Marca, with Neymar senior trying to instigate an auction for the 25-year-old, who has scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona since joining the club back in 2013.
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The deal would then not affect PSG’s club accounts, involving just Neymar, Barcelona and the investment group and allowing the French giants to pay the forward the massive contract he is demanding.
UEFA have recently tried to crack down on such loopholes but PSG believe taking the risk is more than worth it if they end up signing one of their major transfer targets.
Barca president recently commented on Financial Fair Play, stating, as quoted by ?Metro: “
Since the beginning of the summer transfer window FC Barcelona have shown an interest in a host of Premier League midfielders including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Manchester United’s Ander Herrera.
In recent days, the Blaugrana have also taken a special liking to Tottenham Hotspur’s star Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen
?Football.London understands that amidst Barcelona’s interests, Christian Eriksen has finally spoken out about the transfer speculations, stating he believes that he enjoys playing for Spurs and doesn’t see himself moving away from White Hart Lane as he reaches his fifth year playing in north London.
The 25-year-old has played a pivotal part in Tottenham’s midfield, scoring 12 goals and providing 17 assists which contributed to Pochettino’s men finishing second last season.
As he tours with the Lilywhites in the US, Eriksen admits that he is in a special place with Spurs now and has enjoyed living in London for the past five years.
“I like living in London. I wouldn’t have extended my contract if I didn’t. Even now you always see something new when you go into London, little shops popping up,” the Dane said.
“The family have been here enough so I don’t need to show them around anymore.
“Playing for Spurs is special. I was saying to my girlfriend on holiday that I’d just realised it is going to be my fifth season here and it’s gone so quick.”
Eriksen acknowledges Pochettino’s system revolving around youth players and enjoy the style at which the team performs, but says there is room for improvement.
“We as a team are very young and everyone has a long contract , no-one has to go away, they are happy where they are.
Of course it’s something we can improve and help on because when you are young you learn and that’s what we are doing now.”
Last season saw Spurs competing for the title against a very strong Chelsea side. Though the Blues won the title, Tottenham displayed an impressive performance as they finished second in the campaign and Eriksen is looking to maintain as well as improve on that with Spurs.
Yes and I think everyone felt that last season that we were on the right road but Chelsea was just winning all those games 1-0,” he said.
“Yes of course we have the feeling something special is on the way.
“Hopefully we can turn it around from last season and keep that same feeling as well to get the season started and be in a good shape straight away.”
“We need to make our own way this time, of course we finished very strongly last season and we need to do that for the whole season if possible.”
The Tottenham midfielder believes that with the experience in the squad acquired from last season’s run, his team will be able to challenge for the title next season should they maintain their incredible form.