Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has added his comments on the potential return of Neymar to the Catalan club.
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.
And those reports have now been followed up with claims by El Mundo (via Marca) that the player’s father has made contact with Josep Maria Bartomeu, pleading with the Barcelona president to allow him a return to the Catalan capital.
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.
Despite, those claims, Mestre has now seemingly poured cold water on the deal.
“Neymar is one of the best footballers in the world, he is a star,” Mestre told Diario Sport.
“As a matter of principle, I do not believe that Barcelona should countenance his return and my belief is that it is highly unlikely that he will play for the club again.
“There are two main reasons for this, the economic reasons which would prevent a move and the fact that he is a Paris Saint-Germain player, they will not want to sell him.
“Then there is also the factor of the manner of his departure, because they (Neymar’s agents) promised us one thing and it turned out to be another path they took.
“We were going to pay for an improved contract extension but this ensured we did not because his father played two different games.”
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.