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After Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho supports Neymar's Barcelona return from PSG

13 March 2018

Neymar joined Paris PSG from the La Liga leaders for a mammoth deal of €222million in last year's summer transfer window is now sidelined after fracturing his foot during his side's clash in Ligue 1.

The Brazil worldwide is now recovering from foot surgery having missed Paris Saint-Germain's second leg against Real Madrid.

Some reports even claim the Brazil worldwide - who is now sidelined with a foot and ankle injury - wants to return to La Liga next season, with his former club Barca and European and Spanish champions Real Madrid having been mentioned as possible destinations. Rakitic said that he would open the door right now if Neymar is eyeing a return to Cam Nou.

Telefoot also reported Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique will travel to Brazil for talks with Neymar, who preferred a return to his native land for ankle treatment rather than staying in Paris (h/t Marca).

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"But I can not see him leaving", he added.

However, a Brazilian who will definitely be joining Barcelona at the end of the season is the young Arthur.

"I don't know where that has come from", Valverde told reporters on Friday.

Barcelona pursued Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, along with Ousmane Dembele.

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Neymar only left Barca for French giant Paris Saint-Germain in August past year, the Brazil star becoming the world's most expensive player after his release clause was activated.

Neymar has had a mixed start to life in Paris and speculation abounds about his future despite only joining the team previous year.

"I am thinking as Rakitic does, I would like to have here the best players and Neymar is one of them", said fellow Brazil worldwide Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool in January.

In a poll on Mundo Deportivo's website, Barcelona fans made their feelings clear with 69% of 5,000 voters saying they would not bring him back to Catalonia, compared to 31% of readers who would.

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After Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho supports Neymar's Barcelona return from PSG