Barcelona boss says the club have moved on from Neymar speculation

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has said that he does not want to comment on the Neymar transfer saga any further and it is time to turn the page. The Brazil international was heavily tipped to rejoin the Blaugrana from Paris Saint-Germain this summer but a deal did not materialise with Les Parisiens demanding as much as £270m for the attacker. Neymar has since made his comeback with Les Parisiens and Valverde believes the media should move on from the speculation, he told in a press conference: “We’ve spoken about Neymar before, during and after the market and it’s time to turn the page.”

Neymar recently made his comeback for Les Parisiens during the league game against Strasbourg and he received a frosty reception from the home fans, who booed him throughout the encounter. Nonetheless, he was able to silence some of them with a stunning overhead kick to score an injury-time winner and he has since said that he is committed to the cause of the club.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have experienced a mixed beginning to the current campaign and they have accumulated just seven points from the opening four matches. That tally sees them three points behind league leaders Sevilla, who have been splendid at the back with just one goal conceded to date.

Part of the Blaugrana’s struggles has resulted from the absence of Lionel Messi through a calf problem. The Argentine has been deemed fit for the Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund in midweek and the game should be an entertaining one with the German side possessing quality young talent, who should pose a threat to the Blaugrana defence, which remains vulnerable on occasions.

Barcelona have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and they have conceded twice in each of the past three league games. Despite the struggles, they are still within striking distance of the top of the table at the current point of time.