Of course I'd like Neymar to rejoin Barcelona - De Jong

By Sports Desk July 20, 2019

New Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has welcomed speculation that Neymar could make a dramatic return to the LaLiga champions.

De Jong, 22, was signed by Barca from Ajax in January for a reported €75million, but only made the move at the end of the season.

Neymar has reportedly told Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to leave the club during the close season, two years after his world-record €222million transfer from Barca.

The Catalan club appear to be keen on bringing the Brazilian superstar back to Camp Nou and De Jong says he would relish the opportunity to play alongside him.

"Of course I would like to play with Neymar," he told Sport. "I think he's a really good player but it isn't up to me to decide if he comes to Barcelona or not."

De Jong will be tasked with supplying a mouth-watering attack in the 2019-20 season, led by Lionel Messi, and the Netherlands international is looking forward to teaming up with a player he considers to be the very best.

"I think he's the best player in the world," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing with all the guys, not only with Messi."

Barca were linked with a move for De Jong's former Ajax team-mate, Matthijs de Ligt, but the 19-year-old opted to join Serie A champions Juventus.

De Jong says he would have loved De Ligt to have joined him at Barca but believes he has made a positive move.

Asked if he was disappointed by De Ligt's decision, De Jong said: "No, I'm not disappointed. Not at all. Of course, I'd be happier if he had decided to join Barcelona, but it's his decision and he made it with his family, his agent and girlfriend.

"I'm happy for him. He's made a great move. I would rather see him at Barcelona but Juventus is a good move for him."

Related items

  • Adrien Silva follows Islam Slimani in making Monaco loan move Adrien Silva follows Islam Slimani in making Monaco loan move

    Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva has returned to Monaco on loan.

    Silva signed for Leicester in 2017 but has featured just 21 times for the Foxes in his spell at the King Power Stadium.

    He spent the second half of last season on loan at Monaco and will return to the Stade Louis II for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

    The move sees Silva link up again with Islam Slimani, who joined Monaco in a temporary deal on Wednesday.

    Silva helped Monaco remain in Ligue 1 last season and goes back to the club with Leonardo Jardim's men having endured an awful start to the season.

    Monaco have suffered successive 3-0 defeats to Lyon and Metz, having a man sent off in each of those games.

  • Sanches secures Bayern exit with €25m Lille move Sanches secures Bayern exit with €25m Lille move

    Renato Sanches has completed a reported €25million move to Lille days after bemoaning Bayern Munich's apparent refusal to sell him.

    Portugal international Sanches looked one of world football's most exciting talents when he starred on the big stage at Euro 2016, earning a lucrative transfer from Benfica to Bayern.

    But the 22-year-old failed to impress in Germany, also enduring with an unsuccessful loan in the Premier League with Swansea City, and appeared set to depart in this transfer window.

    Sanches suggested he was happy to stay during the close season but repeated his desire for more minutes and then aired frustrations when he came off the bench for five minutes in the Bundesliga opener against Hertha Berlin.

    The midfielder said Bayern twice prevented him from leaving, yet he has now been allowed to move on, signing for Lille on a five-year contract after arriving in France on Friday.

    "Renato Sanches asked us to transfer because he wanted to join a club where he would like more games," said Bayern's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

    "Unfortunately, we could not guarantee him this at Bayern. Match practice is also important to him because he wants to claim his place in the Portuguese national team for Euro 2020.

    "I would like to thank Renato for his achievements and wish him all the best for his future on behalf of Bayern."

    Lille finished second in Ligue 1 last season, qualifying for the Champions League, but lost star man Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.

    "My wish was to join Lille so I'm really happy to be here," Sanches told Lille's official website. "I was very well received and I hope everything will be fine for me.

    "I have been in contact with [sporting director] Luis Campos for a long time already. His words and the project they carry with [president] Gerard Lopez convinced me, as did the confidence they show in me.

    "I talked a lot with Jose Fonte, I always got on well with him. I do not know all my other team-mates well, but I cannot wait to meet them all. Go LOSC!"

  • Ashley Williams joins Bristol City on short-term deal Ashley Williams joins Bristol City on short-term deal

    Former Everton defender Ashley Williams has joined Bristol City on a short-term deal.

    Williams, who was left out of the Wales squad this week, had been without a club since being released by Everton at the end of last season.

    Bristol City have the option to extend the deal if the centre-back impresses at Ashton Gate before January.

    "I'd like to offer Ashley a very warm welcome," head coach Lee Johnson told the club's website. "His experience will be invaluable, both on and off the pitch, and we're all looking forward to getting to work with him."

    Williams, who turned 35 on Friday, could be in the squad for Saturday's Championship game against Hull City, although he admits he is unlikely to be fully fit until next month.

    "I need a bit of work after missing pre-season," he said. "I haven't played since the internationals [in June], but we've got a plan and I'll be working on that over the next couple of weeks.

    "There's a good set of players, nice guys first and foremost with a very organised manager who sets the weeks up brilliantly."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.