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Pique isn’t sure Neymar will remain at Barcelona despite posting ‘he stays’

Date Posted,July 25, 2017

Gerard Pique has admitted he “hopes” rather than knows Neymar will stay at Barcelona this summer.

Brazilian superstar Neymar is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, who are prepared to break his £197m release clause.

Barca centre back Pique previously posted on social media “he stays” along with a picture with Neymar, but is unsure whether the forward will be turning out for the Catalan side next season.

Pique said: “For the conversations that I had with him, it’s just my intuition that he’ll stay, other than that obviously, I hope that he (Neymar) stays.

Pique can’t be sure Neymar will stay at Barcelona (Image: David Ramos/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez joke around in training (Image: REUTERS)

“We were in a relaxed atmosphere with other teammates when we took that photo, and that’s how that went. But in no way was that anything official.

“Well because firstly, it’s really not my business, and the person who has to decide that is Neymar.”

Argentine defender Javier Mascherano has echoed his partner in calling on Neymar to continue with Barca.

Mascherano said: “It’s clear what he said yesterday, and it’s a bit of the desire of the entire team, the desire that he stays.

Messi has already held talks with Neymar attempting to make sure he stays at Barca (Image: Barcroft Media)

“He’s a hugely important player for us, more than just his quality as a soccer player, he has huge value, his personal qualities within the group.”

Neymar has already held talks with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez over his future.

The South American duo, Sport ES claims , told their best friend that he “cannot leave now” because there are still many things to win if they all stick together.

Their words seem to have had the desired effect, as Neymar is thought to have listened carefully and then replied: “I stay”.

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