Lionel Messi says Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow Neymar to leave

Lionel Messi says Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow Neymar to leave

- Lionel Messi says it will be difficult for Brazilian football star Neymar to return to Barcelona

- The Argentine claims that Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow his ex teammate to leave Paris

- Neymar left Barcelona last year, and he has been linked with a return to the La Liga

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has made it clear that French club Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow Brazilian football star Neymar to leave the club for a return to the Spanish La Liga.

18 months ago, Neymar left current Spanish champions Barcelona for a world record move to PSG, and ever since he moved to France, he has been linked with a return to Spain.

Real Madrid were in July this year said to be looking for his signature as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who has joined Italian champions Juventus.

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Messi is desperate to link up with his former co-star, but admits a transfer would be difficult to pull off for his club.

”I see it as complicated. We would love him to come back for what he means, both as a player and for the locker room.

"We are friends, we have lived very nice moments, others not so much, but we have spent a lot of time together.

“However, I find it very difficult for Neymar to even leave Paris. PSG are not going to let Neymar get taken away,'' Messi told Marca.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Neymar has a release clause of €160m (£143m) that can be activated in 2020.

Earlier, had reported how PSG superstar Neymar believes Manchester United will be more difficult to beat in the Champions League after the Old Trafford chiefs fired Jose Mourinho.

According to the report, Neymar and PSG teammates are bookies top choice to progress to the quarter-finals rounds, but Selecao captain insists it will be a tougher contest with the Portuguese missing in action. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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