Former Barcelona player Rivaldo spoke regarding his compatriot Arthur Melo and FC Barcelona in general in an interview with Betfair.
On Arthur Melo:
“I am sure Setién wanted Arthur to still be available to him because he is one of the best and he would be useful. It is sad to see it end like this. This is certainly not what Arthur wanted when he left Gremio for Europe. No one can blame Arthur for his actions. Obviously, the management and the coaches decided that Arthur should not be a part of the team, because, after the Juventus deal, he might not give his 100%.”
On Lionel Messi’s earlier words:
“I agree with Messi. The team needs to improve if they want to get past Napoli. To do that, they have to focus on their game and forget about the disappointing league campaign.”
On Barça’s Champions League rival Napoli and Setién’s future:
“Without a crowd, Gattuso’s team will not feel the same pressure and will play with confidence. Elimination against Napoli will certainly mean the end of Setién’s tenure at Barça.”
On Philippe Coutinho:
“It is difficult to see Coutinho in the Barça again. The best option for him is to return to England because it is a league suitable for his traits. He can play for Arsenal, Leicester, or Tottenham and prove that he is a world-class player.”
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.