Gerard Pique has admitted that his social media message declaring that Neymar was staying at Barcelona was no more than wishful thinking, and that the Brazilian forward is still seriously considering moving to Paris Saint Germain.
‘It was just a personal opinion’ said the Barcelona defender when asked about the message published on Sunday night together with a picture of himself and the 25-year-old Brazilian.
‘There is no better place than with us and we have tried to convince him of that,’ said Pique. ‘The French league, with all due respect, if you don’t win the Champions League there then he is not going to get the recognition that he deserves playing there.’
Pique continued: ‘It’s not up to me to say if he stays or goes. He is the one who has to say that. But I hope that he stays.’
He admitted the Barcelona dressing room are still trying to convince Neymar that he should stay at the club.