Valverde rejects speculation Neymar could return to Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde says he does not know anything about reports Neymar could return to Barcelona.

The Brazilian has lit up Ligue 1 since leaving Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in August, becoming the world’s most expensive player following the €222million deal.

But a broken foot ruled Neymar out of the second leg of a last-16 Champions League tie with Real Madrid, and the 26-year-old is also a doubt for the World Cup.

Reports have suggested Neymar is unsettled at PSG, with Madrid regularly linked to a move for the forward since he left La Liga.

But Valverde rejected speculation Neymar could make a sensational return to Barcelona after a single season with PSG.

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“I don’t know where that has come from,” Valverde told reporters on Friday. “Let’s not talk about hypothetical situations.”

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Valverde was also asked about Gremio midfielder Arthur, who is reportedly closing in on a €40m move to Camp Nou.

“Would he fit in? He plays for a different team, it would be absurd – we have a policy not to talk about players at other teams,” Valverde said. 

“To speak out of place would be taken out of context. He is a good player but he doesn’t play for us, I’d rather speak about my own players.”

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