Ronald Koeman commented on Friday to the remarkable statements of Neymar, who has a fervent desire to play with Lionel Messi again next season.

The FC Barcelona coach remained on the flat, but hinted at a possible return of the Brazilian in Catalonia.

"I prefer not to talk about individuals, but as a Barcelona fan you want to see the best players on the team. The club should also always try to get the best players on the team," Koeman said at his press conference leading up to Saturday's competition match with Cádiz CF.

The 28-year-old Neymar already played for FC Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, after which he left for Paris Saint-Germain for a record amount of 222 million euros.

In recent years, there has been much speculation about Neymar's return to Catalonia and the attacker took it a step further on Wednesday.

"I want to play with Messi again and have fun with him on the field," he told


after PSG's Champions League match against Manchester United (1-3 win)


"He can even play in my place, I have no problem with that. But now we really have to arrange that we can play together again."

Neymar wants to play together with Lionel Messi again.

(Photo: Pro Shots)

'The comments from outside do not interest me'

If Neymar's wish comes true, the question is how.

Messi has an expiring contract with Barcelona and has recently been linked to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentinian and Neymar may be reunited in Paris and not in Barcelona.

"We know Leo's situation and the comments from outside don't interest me," said Koeman when asked about Messi's future.

"We have no control over the outside noises, but it certainly doesn't help us if people talk like that within the club."

At the moment, Koeman has other things on his mind, as Barcelona has to go through a difficult start to the season in the chase in La Liga.

The difference with number two Atlético is already nine points.

Barcelona will play a game with number six Cádiz on Saturday at 9 p.m.

"Atlético wins the games more easily and gets few goals against", Koeman observes.

"The season is still long, but we cannot lose any more points. We have to win all our games until the end of the year."

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