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LaLiga: Philippe Coutinho speaks on Neymar's return to Barcelona

LaLiga: Philippe Coutinho speaks on Neymar's return to Barcelona

Neymar only left Barca for French giants Paris Saint-Germain in August past year - the Brazil star becoming the world's most expensive player after his €222million release clause was activated.

PSG have said that the injury will be assessed again in six weeks but it's unlikely he will play for the Ligue 1 side again this season, with his focus now on being fully fit for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Real Madrid have also been proposed as potential suitors due to Florentino Perez's admiration for the Brazilian worldwide.

Marca have reported that club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique are both going to visit Neymar, now recovering in his homeland, over the coming days.

Coutinho echoed the sentiments of Ivan Rakitic who had earlier said he would welcome Neymar back "right now". Madrid-based newspaper AS reports Neymar's father has met with Real Madrid, who is ready to pay 400 million euros to sign the striker.

Rumours have begun circulating regarding the future of Neymar, however, as the Brazilian is reportedly becoming increasingly unsettled in France.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO SAID it would be "awesome" to have Neymar back at Barcelona amid speculation over a possible return to Camp Nou.

"He is happy, very motivated and enthusiastic to come back as soon as possible", he said.

"Not just because of the relationship I have with him, but because of the type of player he is".

In the wake of PSG's Champions League exit and Neymar's surgery, PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is visiting a recovering Neymar this week in Brazil.

He's got no buyout clause, PSG are saying "no way we're going to let you go", but the pressure's on, the pressure is absolutely on. He is also in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14.


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