Ivan Rakitic & Neymar
Croatian international Ivan Rakitic was asked about the possibility of Neymar returning to Barcelona over the weekend.
Rather than ignoring the question, Rakitic poured fuel on the fire by suggesting Barcelona should press to get Neymar back.
Rumours in the Spanish media have suggested Neymar could be looking for the PSG exit door after the club’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid last week.
After Saturday’s match against Malaga, Rakitic was asked about those rumours. He replied:
He has not told me anything, but if it’s up to me, I would open the door right now.
Not only because of the relationship I have with him, but because of the type of player he is. I would always put Ney on my team.
Malaga 0 – Barcelona 2
Barcelona took another step towards winning the La Liga title beat basement-dwellers Malaga on Saturday night.
The match was over as a contest before the half hour, and Liverpool’s former twosome both got on the scoresheet. Luis Suarez opener for the Catalans after 15 minutes following Jordi Alba’s assists.
Philippe Coutinho notched his third goal since joining Barca in the 28th minute after good work from Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona vs Chelsea
Barcelona take on Chelsea at the Camp Nou in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The sides are level at 1-1 after the first leg.
Andres Iniesta is a doubt for the Catalans for the Chelsea game. Indeed, he missed the win over Malaga due to his hamstring problem.
Yet, when asked about playing against the Blues, Iniesta told the press he’s getting stronger every day.
Leo Messi also missed the Malaga game due to the birth of his third son.