Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits that he’d like to train Neymar and if the Brazilian gets back from Paris Saint-Germain to the club, he’d be “delighted”
Last year, Barca tried failed to make an agreement with French champions PSG. Neymar joined PSG for a world-record fee of $264 million at the time in 2017.
Although Barcelona could offer players in exchange, an agreement may be even harder to strike this summer, in view of the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I ‘d love to be able to coach him someday,” Setien said, speaking in late Friday to beIN Sport. “We are talking about a level of exception. Luckily I’ve already fulfilled one of my dreams of coaching [Lionel] Messi, but I’d be delighted if Neymar came in.”
However the future of Suarez is uncertain, Neymar had formerly built a successful attacking trio in Barcelona with Luis Suarez and Messi.
The Spanish government sent a green light to La Liga on Saturday to begin in the week of June 8. Setien admitted that he needed more time to get back into full fitness as he hasn’t played since January when he underwent surgery on an injury to his right knee.
Asked if Suarez was perfectly fit, Setien said: “No, I think he’s in a good condition and working with the group. But we see he lacks a little bit of confidence.”
“He’s undergoing an operation and I would say he’s still recovering after two months. But it’s obvious that soon [he’ll be ready], I don’t know if it’s going to be two, three or four weeks.’”
While La Liga is preparing for their return, Barcelona is sitting at the top of the table, two points ahead of Real Madrid.
Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, said the approved date for the return of the term is June 12, which looks more likely following the decision by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday.