Joan Laporta responds to Neymar's comments about Lionel Messi
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Joan Laporta responds to Neymar's comments about Lionel Messi

Joan Laporta, a candidate to become the club’s new president, has responded to Neymar's comments on his playing future with Lionel Messi.

Last night, Neymar said that he wants to play with Lionel Messi again next season more than anything, something that has caused stirs in the media and in Barca.

“I have not spoken with him about the renewal,” Laporta said.

“I need to have the authority as elected president to be able to do it. Could we renew his deal with the current figures? Sure, there are imaginative solutions that can enable Messi to remain at the club.

“Messi is a priority. All the clubs love him and he makes any club a candidate to win everything, he makes that difference. He’s also highly important on an economic level. Messi loves Barcelona and will help the club if the project is right.”

Neymar has spent the majority of his professional career in Spain with Barcelona, where he formed part of the lethal 'MSN' strike force alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

He joined the Catalans in 2013 from Santos and won two LaLiga titles, three Copa del Reys, one Spanish Super Cup, one Club World Cup, and one Champions League at Camp Nou before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a record €200m deal in 2017.

Laporta previously served as club president between 2003 and 2010, overseeing the construction of one of the greatest club teams in football history alongside Pep Guardiola.

What an interesting summer transfer window ahead of us!

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