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This is a huge question that only the player or those really close to him can answer.


Why would Neymar leave the successful Barcelona team where he is celebrated and well paid? After their 4-0 defeat in the first leg in the hands of Paris St Germain, many thought the Spanish side would be knocked out. However, Neymar almost singlehandedly restored parity before Barca pulled the greatest comeback ever in European football.

Neymar grabbed a brace and one assist in seven minutes to put the Blaugrana on a sound footing to move past the French soccer giants.Lionel Messi scored a penalty that Neymar was fouled for before the team tipped the game in their favour. Neymar was praised as much as many other members in the team like Luis Suarez. However, Messi was named the hero of the night. It is obvious that Neymar needed his own turf, where he could run riot and his praises be sung.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seems to have quieted on the purported move of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.


The striker was a reported top target for Mourinho considering that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out injured and developmental projects in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were not yet suitable for the role solely.

Mourinho avoided being drawn into the issue as the team cruised to the Europa League title after defeating Ajax. Griezmann earlier has odds of 6/10 at moving to Old Trafford this summer but everything seems to have suddenly cooled down. Atletico’s appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against a FIFA-sanctioned transfer ban is believed to play a part.

“I do not want to talk about Griezmann because that would be disrespectful to his club, Atletico. Just how I do not like others talking about my players, I’m not going to talk about Antoine either,” Mourinho fired when asked about the French star.

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Those who had been visualising Lionel Messi in the Sky Blues’ shirts will have to come out of their dreams as there have been signs dropped by the family of the Argentina international that he is likely to go ahead with his Barca career only.


It is understood that Messi’s dad has conveyed to some of his acquaintances in the Spanish media that he has been in touch with the chairman of Barca himself and has already had discussions with him over the various aspects of the new contract.

But, the thing is that he is presently out of the country and there are only so many points that can be discussed through a telephone call. So, it’s just a matter of him arriving back home and having a face to face conversation with the chairman before there is an official announcement of the extension.

Barcelona has nobody, but, its own officials to blame for fuelling different kinds of rumours about Messi because it’s only them who, through their statements, had been hinting that the club couldn’t just give the striker whatever he was going to demand.

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Barcelona’s poor form continued after the team were involved in a 0-0 draw with Malaga at home.


This result means that the club has now only managed two wins in the last five games. Coupled with the brilliant form shown by Real Madrid in the last few weeks, Barcelona have fallen four points behind the table leaders. Manager Luis Enrique was extremely disappointed with Malaga’s tactics in this La Liga match. He pointed out to the fact that Malaga had 10 men in the box so as to prevent any clear-cut opportunities for the home team.

It was also interesting that Barcelona were without two of their main superstars – Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. In the absence of these two players, Neymar was seen as the key player who could get the goals for the team. Despite enjoying a whopping 82% possession, the team were unable to find a way past the stubborn defence.

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There are media reports that Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo may leave for Manchester City in the days to come.


Pep Guardiola has already informed Joe Hart that he no longer forms part of his plan and that he is looking for another goalkeeper to replace him. Indeed Guardiola has not selected Hart for the first two games of the season, and the player is thought to be looking for another club.

In the meantime, Barcelona has admitted that Manchester City is interested in their goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and that it is highly possible that the player makes the switch before the end of the transfer window. Bravo played in the match against Sevilla which Barcelona won 3-0 and left the pitch in tears. He made a great display in the game where he saved a penalty.

Claudio Bravo will be reconnecting with his former coach Pep Guardiola who managed Barcelona before moving to Bayern Munich. Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has admitted that Manchester City is interested in the player and that it is highly possible that the player makes the move by the end of the week. It is reported that Barcelona are looking to sign Diego Alves from Valencia as a replacement for Claudio Bravo.

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