Door could be open for Neuville to re­turn to Citroen as team head Mat­ton mulls op­tions

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Yves Mat­ton has opened the door to a pos­si­ble Citroen re­turn for Thierry Neuville next sea­son.

Neuville last drove for Mat­ton in 2012 but shunned the Bel­gian’s of­fer of a part-pro­gramme in the fol­low­ing year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship af­ter clinch­ing a deal to con­test the full se­ries with M-sport.

Pre­vi­ously, Mat­ton had been cool on the idea of his coun­try­man com­ing back, but there is in­creas­ing spec­u­la­tion that the two could be close to seal­ing a deal for Neuville to join Kris Meeke.

Mat­ton ac­knowl­edges the chal­lenge of man­ag­ing a po­ten­tial Meeke-neuville line-up, say­ing: “It’s one of the so­lu­tions. For sure Neuville and Kris are the same pro­file [of driver] for me, but don’t for­get I could man­age four driv­ers at the same level in the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. To have them is one sce­nario, but at the mo­ment I only write down the dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios – we will know at the end of this month what is the best sce­nario and af­ter that we think to the driv­ers.”

Mat­ton has 10 driv­ers on his list, that list will be down to “four or five” by the end of the month.

Neuville him­self re­mained tight-lipped on his fu­ture, but sources close to him have ad­mit­ted it looks like his time with Hyundai is up.

He fin­ished sev­enth in the WRC standings in 2012 – his first full year in a WRC car – driv­ing for Mat­ton. He then fin­ished sec­ond with M-sport in 2013 be­fore switch­ing to Hyundai.

Neuville has driven for Citroen be­fore and could re­turn

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