Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner rules out Neymar return

The Brazilian left the Nou Camp in 2017.

By Press Association Published: 5 August 2019 - 10.36am

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Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner says the Spanish champions are in no position to re-sign Neymar.

The 27-year-old left the Nou Camp for Paris St Germain in 2017 for a world-record £200million transfer fee.

Barcelona have reportedly been keen to bring the forward back to Spain, with the Brazil international having apparently grown disillusioned with life in the French capital.

Neymar swapped Barcelona for PSG in 2017
Neymar swapped Barcelona for PSG in 2017 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

But Cardoner told Catalonian broadcasters TV3: “As of today, there’s no Neymar case, and it’s complicated.

“We are passive actors. We know he’s not happy in Paris and it’s a situation that needs to be resolved in Paris.

“We haven’t spoken to them. There is a lot of respect between the clubs and if there is a Neymar case one day, we’ll talk. Today, at this time, it’s ruled out.”

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, will miss Barcelona’s pre-season trip to the United States after suffering a calf strain.

“First-team player Leo Messi, who had returned from his summer break for training on Monday, withdrew from the session due to discomfort in his right leg,” read a Barcelona statement.

“Tests carried out have diagnosed a Grade 1 calf strain for the Argentine.”

Barcelona are due to play Napoli twice in the US, in Miami and Detroit three days later, before opening their LaLiga title defence at Athletic Bilbao on August 17.