Lionel Messi insists he is not disappointed at Barcelona’s failure to secure Neymar’s homecoming over the summer transfer window, while admitting he is unsure whether the club pulled out all the stops to bring the Brazilian back into the fold.
The last transfer window was rife with reports that the Brazilian was ready to leave Parc des Princes and force a reunion with his friends and former strike partners, with negotiations between the two clubs continuing right until the final hours of deadline day on September 2.
Finally, however, no deal could be made, a fact that Messi appears to have made his peace with.
“I would have loved for Neymar to come,” the Argentine explained to Sport.
“Honestly, I don’t know if Barca did everything possible to get him back but I’m sure negotiating with PSG isn’t easy.
“I am not disappointed. We have a spectacular squad that can fight on all fronts, without Ney as well.
“On a sporting level Neymar is one of the best in the world. And with him on the sponsorship and image front the club would have also taken a step up.”