La Liga: Andres Iniesta says Barcelona would rather have Neymar at Nou Camp than PSG's €222 million
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says the club would much rather like to keep Neymar than sell him for a massive transfer fee.
Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta has revealed that he would rather keep Neymar as a teammate than a gigantic transfer fee to his name amid speculation that the Brazilian superstar is set to sign a bumper deal with French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222 million (£196 million) deal.
The La Masia graduate spoke to the press in Miami ahead of the Sunday's El Clasico friendly with Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup alongside striker Luis Suarez. Both players hoped that Neymar will stay but it's up to the player to decide.
"We would like you (the press) to not keep asking (about Neymar) so much, but to end this, there is only one way: Neymar will speak. I do not think 200-300 million will be more beneficial for Barcelona than having Neymar," Iniesta was quoted saying by ESPN.
"He is one of the best players in the world and I always want the best players in my team. I have no doubt that we all wish him to continue with us," Iniesta added.
This comes after Neymar was seen storming out of Barcelona's training session in Miami following a bust-up with new signing Nelson Semedo. The Brazilian was reportedly angry with Semedo's challenge from behind, who then squared up to the right-back.
Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets intervened to separate the duo. It seemed while Semedo walked away, Neymar was seen throwing his bib on the ground before kicking a ball in anger.
Neymar has a bust-up with Nelson Semedo and then walks out of the training! pic.twitter.com/xVSXKUyuRN
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According to the report, Iniesta later confirmed that the incident was true and that these things can happen on the training ground.
Neymar – who has scored three goals so far in two friendlies – has constantly been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp since the last couple of months.
A number of reports in Brazil and Spain also claim that Ligue 1 giants PSG have reportedly agreed to activate Neymar's €222m buyout clause in a deal which would see him become the most expensive football player in the world.
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