Lionel Messi says he would possess “loved” for Neymar to reach abet to Barcelona as his arrival would possess “elevated our probabilities of reaching our objectives.”
Neymar, 27, joined Paris St-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a world legend rate of 222m euros (£200m).
“He changed into eager to reach abet,” Messi suggested Spanish newspaper Sport. “I don’t know if the membership essentially tried or no longer.”
Neymar scored One zero five objectives in 186 video games for the Catalan membership between 2013-2017, and has Fifty one objectives in fifty eight video games for PSG.
The Brazil world changed into regularly linked with a return to Barcelona all over the switch window, even even though it has been suggested that neither membership changed into convinced that the other changed into committed to establishing a deal.
“I would possibly possess loved to possess Neymar abet,” said Barcelona captain Messi, 32. “I be aware those those that are in opposition to his return and or no longer it’s understandable for what came about with ‘Ney’ and the potential that he left.
“However occupied with it on a carrying level, I for my piece assume Neymar is one in all the handiest avid gamers on this planet and having him in our squad would develop our probabilities of reaching our objectives.”
Messi denied the Barcelona avid gamers requested the membership to signal Neymar, adding: “We gave our opinions of whether or no longer it’d be genuine if he came or no longer but we now not at all said they needed to signal him.”
Despite lacking out on taking part in alongside the Brazilian again, Messi said he changed into “no longer disappointed”, adding Barcelona possess a “spectacular squad and can perform every little thing without him.”
The Argentine ahead joined Barcelona in 2001 and his latest contract expires in June 2021.
“My belief is to live here for thus prolonged as I’m able to taking part in at the specified level and my physique permits it,” he added.
“Here is my home. I don’t thought on transferring to anyplace else as prolonged as we preserve competing and winning.”