Neymar want to return to Barcelona, Claims former team-mate Montoya
The Brazilian soccer player has long been linked to a return
to Camp Nou and his former teammate sees it happening.
Neymar wants to return to Barcelona, according to his former teammate Martín Montoya. The superstar of Paris Saint-Germain left Camp Nou in 2017 and joined the French top team for a record amount of 222 million euros.
Since then speculation has constantly linked him to a reunion with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, with whom he formed the terrifying three-pronged 'MSN'. Nevertheless, Neymar did show his class in France, where he scored 40 times in only 44 games and gave 22 assists.
However, Montoya thinks that the Brazilian, with whom he
played together for three years between 2013 and 2016, would take the
opportunity to return to Camp Nou. “I do not know, I think it's difficult
to get done,” says Montoya in conversation with Goal when asked about a
possible return from Neymar.
“Paris is also a great team and I do not think they'll
let him go easily, Paris paid a lot of money for him and I do not think
Barcelona would pay the same price for him to get it back.”
Montoya currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League but has played in the past for both Barcelona and Internazionale. The two teams face each other in the Champions League on Tuesday-evening.
The Spaniard believes that Mauro Icardi can hurt the Catalan club, which he considers to be the favourite to win the tournament, when the two clubs compete against each other. The Argentinian scored several times over all competitions.
“The competition is very big, but I really think Barcelona is the favourite.”
Luis Enrique and Josep Guardiola were Montoya's trainer at
Barcelona, Guardiola is currently manager at Manchester City where he is the
leader in the Premier League.
Barcelona legend Xavi.
Montoya, 27, now sees Barcelona legend Xavi as someone who could walk in the footsteps of Guardiola. Also, someone who can become a world-class trainer when he stops playing at Al Sadd in Qatar.
“Yes, without a doubt, he will be a trainer, one hundred
percent,” continues Montoya. “He was a leader as a player, like
Guardiola in his football career.”
“They are very smart, always know what to do.” Xavi read the match perfectly and these sort of guys become great trainers. “