Neymar pursuit ‘Verratti revenge’ – Gaspart

Rumours linking Neymar to a sensational move to Paris Saint-Germain are ‘revenge’ for Barcelona’s pursuit of Marco Verratti, believes Joan Gaspart.

The former Barca president made the comments on Wednesday as speculation over the 25-year-old’s future intensified with the Parisians reportedly confident of triggering his €222m release clause.

"Neymar won't leave Barca," Gaspart told RAC1.

"What's happening is that PSG are retaliating because they're annoyed by a move to sign their player [Verratti]. They're trying to make a mess of Neymar's situation.

"I hope that Neymar clears up that he's not going soon. [I hope he] says that he's delighted to be at Barcelona and that the rumours have no foundations.

"As a Barca fan and someone involved in the world of football, so as someone who knows how this works, I think we will have Neymar at Barcelona for many more years.

“I'm convinced that we are witnessing destabilising tactics from PSG."

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