Neymar has responded to reports linking him with a move to Manchester United over the summer, insisting he was happy playing alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.
It was recently reported that the 54-year-old was prepared to activate Neymar’s €200m release clause ahead of a summer bid.
But Neymar, when asked about speculation surrounding a potential move to Old Trafford, was quick to emphasise that was content with his current situation in Catalonia.
“I was having a lot of difficulties in my beginning (at Barcelona),” he said. “Then the best in the world said ‘Calm down, it will all fall into place, play your game’.”
“It was great for me. I was reticent about talking to an idol, but Messi helped me relax. We are friends and that helps on the pitch.
“I also get along with Luis Suarez, we always help each other. I am very happy for this moment that I am living.”
One can hardly blame Neymar for choosing playing in the Champions League alongside Lionel Messi over moving to a side that, as of today, cannot guarantee a place amongst Europe’s finest for next season.
That said, one suspects that Neymar’s long-term future hinges largely on who Barcelona choose to appoint as their next manager ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. He will be one to watch for sure as he continues to ascend to the standards set by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the next few years.