Ivan Rakitic: 'I'd welcome Neymar return to Barcelona'


BARCELONA would welcome Neymar back with open arms, according to Philippe Coutinho.

PSG talisman, Neymar Jr. has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 giants in recent weeks, despite only moving to France last summer in a £200m deal.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has since labelled the rumours "a fantasy". Asked about the speculation on Friday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said, "Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players".

"Neymar's not said anything to me, but if it was up to me I would open the door for him to come back right now", Rakitic told reporters after Barca beat Malaga to move 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

Marco Ruiz of Spanish daily AS on Monday wrote that a meeting between Real, Neymar Sr. and the player's lawyers recently took place in Paris, where it's said to have been agreed €400 million (£354 million) would be enough to sign the Brazil worldwide.

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

And Neymar was not the only Brazil player that Coutinho was willing to discuss. Jose Mourinho is seeing Neymar as the final piece to revolve his team around whereas Pep Guardiola reportedly wants the Brazilian as a Sergio Aguero replacement.

Neymar is now back in Brazil where he is recovering from surgery on the fractured metatarsal which forced him to miss PSG's loss to Madrid in the Champions League last Tuesday.

The Brazil striker is now out with a foot fracture and facing a race against time to be fit for his national side at the World Cup.