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Rakitic keeps door open for Neymar return

13 March 2018

While the rumours surrounding a player of his standing will continually spiral, given the amount of highly publicised rifts Neymar Jr has already been involved in at the club, it is not inconceivable that he will try to force a move back to Spain sooner rather than later.

Brazil have improved massively and are among the favourites for Russian Federation - and Neymar knows that only victory on the global stage would see him become a true legend in his homeland.

Coutinho's comments have come after his fellow Barcelona player Ivan Rakitic revealed that he will welcome Neymar at FC Barcelona with open arms.

Recent reports had suggested the Brazilian had offered himself to former club Barcelona, but the Nou Camp giants have rejected this. "I would always put Ney on my team", he added.

Asked about the speculation on Friday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said, "Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players". For aReal Madrid, which often values big names like David Beckham to make the club look larger than life, splashing such an exorbitant fee to acquire an effective goal scorer and a famed superstar wouldn't be out of character. In 10 years they might spend 400 million euros. Many in power even believe that this is just a tactic to soften the blow when he joins Real Madrid.

Strong rumors are swirling around in European media circles about Neymar and his discomfort at staying on with the French club PSG.

Neymar, meanwhile, is battling a foot injury and his status for the 2018 World Cup is unclear.

United welcome Sevilla to Manchester following a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

Rakitic keeps door open for Neymar return