Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insists Catalans ‘absolutely’ want Neymar to stay amid PSG interest

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says the Catalans 'absolutely' want Neymar to stay at the Nou Camp amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Parisians continue to be linked with a big-money swoop for the Brazilian after confirming their interest in his services earlier this week.

Neymar, 25, is reportedly unsettled at Barca and the Ligue 1 side would obliterate the world record to land him in a deal worth almost £200million.

But, ahead of Barca's friendly against Juventus in the USA on Saturday, Valverde has attempted to play down his desire to depart Spain.

Valverde has spoken on speculation surrounding Neymar
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Neymar continues to be linked with a move to PSG
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"This is a time of rumours and we understand that's how it is," he said. But he's with us right now and we want absolutely for him to stay here.

"I've spoken to Neymar but we just talked about tactics and other stuff. He's a player we love and we want him. Not only football wise but also the things that he brings to the team in the locker room.

"So basically going back to that rumour. That's all it is."

Sergio Busquets urged his teammate to remain at Barca, saying it's the best club for his career.

Busquets has urged his teammate to stay put
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"What I can say is that, as far as I'm concerned, I hope he stays here for many years. But, as I said before, this exists. and it's a matter more for him than for me.

"He already knows where he is, and I don't think that he could be in any better place.

"As far as I'm concerned, I can say that I want him to stay many years, but I don't know anything else."

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