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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique suggested the summer saga of Neymar’s on-off move to Paris Saint Germain was about to reach its conclusion on Sunday night when he posted a: ‘he stays’ message on social media.
Pique published the two-word message along with a photo of himself and the Brazilian forward just 24 hours after Neymar’s double helped Barcelona beat Juventus in their first friendly of the season.
It remains to be seen if the declaration from Pique was hands-off message to PSG or confirmation that the Brazilian forward has made his mind up to stay at the club.
Senior Barcelona players spoke to Neymar both before and after the game against Juventus and believed they had talked the forward around. But although Neymar had seemingly been persuaded to rethink his decision to leave the club the player’s father was still not for turning after a meeting with club directors on Saturday evening.
Neymar senior arrived to watch Barcelona’s friendly against Juventus at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in which Neymar starred scoring two first half goals.
He then shared the journey back to the team’s hotel with various directors and although both sides remained tight-lipped about how discussions went all indications suggested that while the player might have had his head turned by requests from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Pique for him to stay Neymar senior remained intent on keeping his word to Paris Saint Germain.
But Pique’s message late Sunday night suggested the player was prepared to commit his future to Barcelona. Further talks are planned between Barcelona and Neymar senior although club president Bartomeu is already back in Spain and is not scheduled to return to the US until July 27 a day after Barça face Manchester United in Washington and a day before they play Real Madrid in Miami. -DAILYMAIL