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Rivaldo: Neymar’s Barcelona return could still happen

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Barcelona and Brazil icon Rivaldo reckons a Camp Nou return for Neymar could still happen as Paris Saint-Germain can “recover their investment” on him.

Neymar is seemingly determined on sealing a remarkable Barcelona comeback this summer after two years away at PSG.

The Brazilian forward’s time in France has been overshadowed by long-term foot injuries, which have severely restricted his playing time for PSG. He’s also failed to help the club achieve their aim of a first Champions League title.

Although Neymar’s hopes of a quick and easy return to Barcelona were quickly dashed because of PSG’s reluctance.

After forking out a world-record €222m, the French champions are yet to receive anything in return from Neymar and understandably didn’t want to sell. Following his no-show for pre-season training last week, it appears PSG’s resolve has lowered.

And Rivaldo, who starred at Barcelona for five seasons, is confident Neymar can still line-up for the Blaugrana next season.

However, the 47-year-old did warn his compatriot that he will have to face the music over his behaviour.

“It’s general knowledge that Neymar wants to leave PSG for another big European club, but that’s not a guarantee and if he ends up staying, he would need to focus on his football rather than anything else,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“He is not happy with PSG and I believe he could even regret his decision of joining – with all due respect – but the situation is complicated as they spent a lot of money on him.

“PSG don’t want to get hit with a big loss after investing more than €200 million but I believe they can recover their investment or at least exchange him for money and other good players in the business. So, hopefully, it should be straightforward.

“With his recent comments and behaviour, it’s possible that fans won’t be too happy with him if he remains.

“He must face the music and simply play his best football. If he manages to achieve something special with them in Europe perhaps the fans won’t criticise him as much.”

Neymar reported back for training at PSG earlier this week.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -DECEMBER 8: Rivaldo of Olympiakos shows his dejection during the Champions League Group A match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield on December 8, 2004 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)