Neymar could still return to Barcelona, his father has claimed.
The reigning La Liga champion’s chase for the PSG forward was one of the most drawn out transfer sagas in recent memory.
Neymar has been desperate to leave France after a taxing two years.
But a transfer didn’t get rubber-stamped and the Brazil international isn’t going anywhere for now.
Nevertheless, according to his father – Neymar da Silva – this isn’t the end of the tale.
He says the two clubs are still talking and his son remains more eager than ever to rejoin the Catalans.
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“The negotiations between clubs are not over,” Da Silva explained at the Edinburgh Sports Conference, according to Sport .
“A Brazilian only wants to be where he is happy. And he was very happy (in Barcelona ).
“When his friends (from Barca) asked him if he would want to return, this moved him."
Despite Da Silva’s recent comments, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists a New Year switch isn’t on the agenda.
"Neymar can't join Barca in January, and the Barca dressing room doesn't decide anything,” he told Barca TV.
“We did everything possible to sign Neymar. We didn’t offer any specific player in exchange.
“We did talk about exchanges but all the names were given by PSG .
“Without an exchange of players, the offer was to loan Neymar for a year with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season.
"I know other clubs were also negotiating with PSG. At one point during the negotiations, Neymar asked PSG to only negotiate with Barca. He decided only to join Barca.
"Neymar did what he had to do, he told his club about his decision, he did everything possible, but this year he will play at PSG."
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel now looks overstocked in attack.
The German chief has Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Icardi and Neymar all at his disposal.
Icardi – who signed on loan from Inter Milan – had a prolific record in Serie A that rivals Europe’s elite.
He bagged 124 goals in 219 appearances for the Italian outfit but was deemed surplus to requirements.
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