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Neymar told to leave Barcelona

Neymar told to leave Barcelona

However, there is something that seems uncomfortable for Neymar at Barcelona and he is listening increasingly closely to the echoes that come from one part of his advisory group that tell him to make his stay at Barcelona temporary, rather than forever-lasting as in the case of Leo Messi.

PSG have been trying to sign the 25-year-old for several years, though Barcelona have firmly resisted all attempts to lure him away.

Brazilian Neymar has endured a hugely successful four seasons at the Camp Nou since his move from Santos in 2013. Fernandez also said Barcelona had not received any offers for any of their players so far this summer.

The report also claims Neymar has been told "by the side of Messi you will always be second, you will always be in his shadow".

Neymar previously joked he could leave Barcelona for a minnow in La Liga, stating: "Who knows what will happen tomorrow?"

But tensions between Neymar and the club heightened during his recent tax problems, while a new contract he signed during that saga set his release clause at €200 million (£175m), but it increases year on year. "I'm very happy now, but nobody knows [about tomorrow]". He has a salary of 15m euros a season and a release fee clause of 200m this summer, 222 in 2018, 222 for 2019 and 250 for the final three seasons.

Ernesto Valverde says it will be a relief to have the "unique" Lionel Messi on his side, rather than coming up with plans to stop the Barcelona superstar.

It's suggested that despite winning every title or trophy possible, one continues to elude him and that's the Ballon d'Or, which can be argued will continue to be elusive if he isn't in a position to step up and lead a team as their main superstar.