Valverde: I have not received a phone call from Neymar’s father

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Ernesto Valverde insisted he had not spoken with Neymar’s father in recent weeks following a series of reports that the Brazilian wants to return to FC Barcelona this summer. El Mundo claimed that Neymar Sr. had made several calls to Valverde and Barcelona board members to urge the club to re-sign his son.

Neymar Sr already denied the reports and now Valverde has also denied contact. “People tend to say big things about players at other clubs,” he told a news conference. “He is a great player, had a great World Cup, but now he’s at a different club, so there’s nothing more to say about that.”

“It’s not a question of Neymar phoning… nobody has phoned me. News stories always appear in the press. He’s a PSG player and we respect PSG.” Neymar left Barcelona 18 months ago in a world record €225m deal.

The Brazilian super star has been a constant target for transfer rumours since he joined the Parisiens. It is claimed that Neymar is unhappy at the club and wants to return to Spain. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the clubs that have been constantly linked to Neymar.

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