Neymar should stay at Barcelona – Mascherano
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has cordially advised his Blaugrana teammate Neymar to retain his position at the club if he really wants to emerge as the world’s best player eventually.
Neymar’s future is again the pivotal point of much speculation in the English and also the Spanish media, with reports emerging that either Manchester United or Real Madrid or both of the clubs are willing to pay his €190 million release clause voluntarily and offer a huge salary to further tempt him to either Old Trafford or the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old’s present contract runs until 2018, with his spectacular on-pitch performances potentially demanding a pay rise, while legal battles raging on over his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of a book of sports writing published in order to help raise funds to battle Rett Syndrome, the Argentina international remarked his personal opinion was that Neymar was at the “ideal club” to actually realise his potential.
“I don’t usually talk about personal matters of teammates, they are totally personal, but I see Neymar very comfortable and happy in the team,” Mascherano said.
Negotiations over the new Barca contract have been well planned, but appear on hold until the several court investigations into his transfer to the club are completely resolved.
Radio show El Larguero has also claimed that Madrid chief Florentino Perez has been heard to promise help in this area to Neymar Sr., in a clever bid to persuade him to join the Bernabeu outfit finally.
Former Liverpool player Mascherano recently admitted he had not previously paid his due Spanish taxes in full and then paid a €800,000 fine.
He said such issues did not really affect either himself or even other Barca players when it came to really performing on the pitch: “I had a well-known experience.
“When you have problems you try and resolve them, without it affecting your job. In our dressing room there have been situations much more serious than this, we are used to it.”
Mascherano also said that he felt that Blaugrana coach Luis Enrique was really doing a good job in managing the playing duration of the team’s front three Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.