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Thomas Tuchel counters Catalan reports over Neymar’s Barca return

Thomas Tuchel counters Catalan reports over Neymar’s Barca return

Paris Saint Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has rubbished reports that Neymar wants to leave the club and return to Barcelona.

A report by Radio Catalunya which is also cited by Sport, claims that the Brazilian has been in touch with Barca team-mates and that Andre Cury, an advisor to the Catalan club, met with Neymar’s representatives.

Countless reports before the winter break in Spain claimed that Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint Germain and return to Barca, just two summers after calling time on his career at Camp Nou.

However, Tuchel has moved to counter those talks, saying: “I think Neymar feels really happy, he’s professional,” said the coach to reporters.

“I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch.

“You have seen his statistics and what he does in training.”

The Brazilian, who left the La Liga club under a cloud, has since drifted, playing understudy to young French sensation Kylian Mbappe, who continues to grab the headlines in Paris.

Aside from the above, Neymar dropped away from the Ballon d’Or running and it is now accepted by the Brazil international that he made a mistake in moving clubs.

A close friend to Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi of Barca, Neymar also spent Christmas with midfielder Arthur, who is said to have a growing relationship with.

Whilst the possibility of his return is now growing in reports, it is still not yet known if Josep Maria Bartomeu will simply allow him to return – having previously requested an apology from the player over his exit.