I don´t see it – Suarez adamant Ney­mar will not join Real Madrid

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Luis Suarez is adamant Ney­mar will not join Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Ger­main be­cause of the “ad­mi­ra­tion” he has for Barcelona.

Ney­mar left Barca for a world-record €222mil­lion fee in Au­gust, head­ing to Paris on a con­tract un­til 2022.

But since de­part­ing Camp Nou, the Brazil star has been re­peat­edly linked with a re­turn to Spain and a con­tro­ver­sial switch to the Cata­lan club’s bit­ter ri­vals, Real Madrid.

It has been re­ported that Ney­mar has not set­tled par­tic­u­larly well at PSG and, should he want to leave, Madrid will be one of very few clubs in with a chance of af­ford­ing him. But Suarez is con­fi­dent that sit­u­a­tion will not arise. “Not at all,” he told Marca. “Hon­estly, I do not see it. “I know how Ney­mar is and the ad­mi­ra­tion he had for Barcelona and his team-mates. I do not see him now go­ing to play for Real Madrid.”

Suarez also de­fended Ney­mar’s de­ci­sion to leave Barca, in­sist­ing he un­der­stands why he and his fam­ily made the de­ci­sion they did. “Ney is a ma­ture per­son and was fully aware of the de­ci­sion he made,” Suarez added.

“Ob­vi­ously he did it with a lot of pain, be­cause he was happy here. But we all have to ac­cept that he had other chal­lenges and that he wanted to take them on.

“It was an un­der­stand­able de­ci­sion that he took with his fam­ily. There is no re­proach, just ad­mi­ra­tion and pure love for ev­ery­thing that he has given the club and the re­la­tion­ship we had through­out those years.”

Barca do not ap­pear to have missed Ney­mar’s pres­ence on the pitch, with Lionel Messi go­ing as far as say­ing that they are ac­tu­ally a bet­ter, more bal­anced team with­out him.

And Suarez be­lieves the play­ers brought in to min­imise the im­pact of the Brazil­ian’s exit have done well, par­tic­u­larly Paulinho.

“Ney­mar is a dif­fer­ent and special player of whom many things were ex­pected,” Suarez said.

“Other foot­ballers who con­trib­ute a lot have come in, like [Ger­ard] Deulofeu, who had al­ready trained at the club.

“Also Paulinho, who has si­lenced many crit­ics and is per­form­ing at a very high level since he ar­rived. He is one of the cap­tains of Brazil.

“[Ous­mane] Dem­bele had the bad luck to in­jure him­self at first, but when he is well you will see how he sur­prises many.

“Now there is a lot of spec­u­la­tion with play­ers who can come and with oth­ers who might leave, but we re­main un­aware of this.”

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