Barcelona Coach: Neymar Is Going Nowhere
Coach Ernesto Valverde reiterated his desire to keep Neymar at Barcelona after the Brazilian scored twice in a 2-1 friendly win over Juventus.
Paris St-Germain have reportedly triggered the forward’s 222m euro (£199m) release clause, although Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told BBC Sport the 25-year-old is not for sale.
BBC Sports reports that Neymar did not speak to reporters after the pre-season win in New Jersey, but Valverde did address the speculation.
“We want Neymar with us,” he said.
“We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”
Neymar, who joined from Santos in 2013 and signed a new five-year contract until 2021 in October, only played for the first half of the International Champions Cup contest.
He opened the scoring after 15 minutes following a clever exchange with Paco Alcacer and doubled the lead nine minutes later, drilling low past Gianluigi Buffon after burrowing through the Juve defence.
Giorgio Chiellini scored a consolation for the beaten Champions League finalists just after the hour in front of a sell-out 82,104 crowd at the MetLife Stadium.
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