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Neymar still has something to offer Barcelona, says Puyol

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 4, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. – Neymar failed to show up for pre-season training with Paris Saint-Germain on July 8, 2019 with the club announcing they would take “appropriate action”. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned Neymar and his other highly-paid stars that they must shape-up or ship out, claiming “celebrity behaviour” at the French champions will not be tolerated. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past as they potentially look to sign the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward, according to Carles Puyol.

Neymar, 27, is set to leave the Parc des Princes this close season after sporting director Leonardo confirmed the star was for sale at the right price.

The Brazil international left Barca in a world-record €222million move two years ago, but he is strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou.

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Former Barcelona captain Puyol, who won 18 trophies with the club, said the past should have no impact on the LaLiga champions’ decision.

“In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past,” he said via Spanish media.

“If the player is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago.”

Neymar has still starred in two seasons with PSG, but both campaigns have been hampered by injuries.

However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona.

“Neymar is a great player who can make a difference,” he said.

“He’s not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football.”


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