Neymar wants Podga at Barcelona

Neymar wants Podga at Barcelona

Neymar would love to see Paul Pogba leave Juventus and join him at Barcelona.

Pogba has become one of the most highly-rated talents in European football since leaving Manchester United for Italy three years ago.

Pogba has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford, while Manchester City have also been touted as a possible destination for the 22-year-old.

Last week Barcelona declared their interest in the Frenchman, and Neymar is sure the player would be welcomed with open arms if he decided to come to the Nou Camp.

“How he would fit, I don’t know – you would have to ask the coach – but he is a great player and we would open the gates for him,” the Barcelona forward said after being named as an ambassador for PokerStars at a press conference in Spain.

“He is a great star. He is still young, even younger than me.

“He is a player with such quality, and that is always welcome.”

Any move for Pogba is complicated by the fact that Barcelona are currently in the middle of a transfer embargo.

FIFA handed down the punishment to the Primera Division leaders last year after being found guilty of breaching rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.

They would not be allowed to sign Pogba – or any other player – until January 2016

Given the way that they tore Bayern Munich apart on Wednesday night, it does not look like Barcelona need to add new faces to their squad any time soon.

The Catalans put themselves in control of their Champions League semi-final tie against the Germans with a 3-0 first leg victory at the Nou Camp.

“It was a great game for football lovers,” Neymar said.

“It was a great performance and we hope to reach the final now, that is our dream.”

Neymar scored an impressive third goal at the death, but the night belonged to Messi, who bagged a stunning brace against his old coach Pep Guardiola.

Neymar loves playing alongside the Argentinian maestro, who has scored 40 league goals this season.

Messi could have had one more had he not handed the ball to Neymar last weekend when Barcelona won an penalty in the final stages of the 8-0 win over Cordoba.

Messi was on a hat-trick, but opted to give the opportunity to Neymar instead as he was yet to score in the match.

It was a gesture that left the little Brazilian “speechless”.

“It was a little thing that occurred but it was very welcome because he is a guy who is the best in the world and he was about to score a hat-trick but he allowed me to take a penalty,” said the 23-year-old, who scored from the spot to make it 7-0 before Luis Suarez rounded off the rout with his third goal moments later.

“It left me speechless. I am very grateful to him for his gesture and I am learning more about him and he is surprising all of us in football.

“It is great for football for all he is doing for football history. I really admire him more.”

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