‘For me, he’s one of the best’: Andres Iniesta says Neymar would be a ‘great signing for Barcelona’ as speculation ramps up over the Brazilian’s return
- PSG forward Neymar Jr has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona
- The Brazilian is said to be unhappy in France after more than two years in Paris
- Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta said he was ‘one of the best forwards out there’
- The Vissel Kobe star added Neymar would be a great signing should he return
The Barcelona legend now plies his trade with Vissel Kobe in Japan and called Neymar ‘one of the best forwards out there’.
Iniesta, who played alongside Neymar for five years, questioned whether bringing him back was necessary, but added insisted that the player’s quality was clear for all to see, making him a great addition.
Andres Iniesta played with Neymar for five years at Barcelona and holds him in high regard
‘He’s one of the best forwards out there, not just now,’ Iniesta said at an event in Barcelona.
‘He’d be a great signing for Barcelona, another thing is whether it’s necessary or not. For me, he’s one of the best and he’d be a great signing.’
Neymar has long been linked with a return to Barcelona, with his spell in France offering prolific scoring numbers, but without the success he craved.
It was hoped the Brazlian star would have an impact on getting PSG into the latter stages of the Champions League, but he has played in just two knockout games and has suffered from injuries during his time in Paris.
Neymar continues to be linked with a move back to Barca with his future at PSG in doubt
Iniesta, meanwhile, has been linked with a move this January himself. He has been with the Japanese outfit for a year and a half but rumours have circulated that he could be set for a move to the MLS.
The World Cup winner, however, stresses he is happy where he is. ‘I’m feeling really happy at the moment, with hunger and excitement,’ he said.
‘I love where I am, I’ve enjoyed this year a lot. This year stays with me and the next one and I hope to fulfil it. Then we’ll see.
‘I don’t have long-term plans because this can change in a matter of days. What is important to me is this: being happy and playing football.’
Iniesta signed for Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe in summer 2018 and has made 40 appearances
The 35-year-old said the Japanese league was challenging, and while he acknowledged that his chapter as a footballer will soon be closing, he is not looking beyond the next two years of his current deal.
‘I like the league that I’m in, I still feel like a footballer and I want to improve. Let’s hope [I’m in Japan] for many years, but there will be a day that it will have to come to an end.
‘Will I retire here? I hope so. I’ve got two years left on my contract and I don’t know if I will have the strength to continue [beyond that]. We’ll see.’
He said he was focused on honouring his contract at Kobe and still ‘feels like a footballer’
As Iniesta enters his twilight years, the question of what he will be doing next with his career will continue to pop up. With such a vast amount of experience and an impressive football brain, many see him as a future coach.
‘The topic of coaching is something that I fancy [doing],’ he added. ‘I would love to return to Barcelona at one point in my life, but that’s a prediction. Now I still feel like a footballer.’
The Spaniard has played 40 times for Kobe, scoring ten goals and recently winning the Emperor’s Cup last year.