Gerard Pique refused to rule out a potential future reunion between Neymar and Barcelona as “each year brings a new opportunity”.
Just two years after swapping Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar’s hopes of a Camp Nou comeback ended on Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Blaugrana simply couldn’t make a satisfying enough offer to entice PSG into selling the world’s expensive player. So, they raised the white flag and will instead settle with their current squad.
Neymar, meanwhile, has reported back to Brazil for the international break and seems to be handling his disappointment well. He, in fact, may finally get some action after passing a fitness test.
Selecao boss Tite confirmed this to be true, and stated the 27-year-old is “ready” for Saturday morning’s friendly against Colombia in Miami.
But, while naturally keen to move on from the Neymar transfer saga himself, Pique teased that a Barcelona return may still happen for his old team-mate.
“There’s been a lot of drama, and that’s normal because of who he is. But we have to turn the page,” the Catalan defender told El Larguero.
“I wish him the best. I spoke with him and I said I hope things go well for him this season and that you never know, each year brings a new opportunity, so we will see…”
Neymar’s future, though, is the probably the last thing on the Barcelona supporters’ minds after Thursday’s bombshell.
It was revealed that star man Lionel Messi has a clause in his contract which enables him to leave at the end of each season.
Despite this unsettling revelation, however, Pique remains hopeful Messi’s days in Catalonia are far from over.
“Leo has earned the right to decide his future. I hope he continues at Barça until he’s 40,” added the ex-Manchester United player.
Pique, who retired from international duty for Spain last year, is currently on holiday in New York.
Ernesto Valverde’s side will hope the World Cup winner returns refreshed as they plot to turn their season around. So far, Barcelona find themselves down in eighth-place in La Liga with just one win in their opening three games.