Lionel Messi on Barcelona Future: 'I'm Not Tempted to Leave'

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Barcelona's fiercest rivals Real Madrid were linked with a move for Neymar this summer but PSG defender Marquinhos has denied that the 26-year-old wants a move away from the French capital.

The Brazil superstar left Barca last August for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million move, purportedly to escape Messi's shadow and assert his own Ballon d'Or credentials.

The Argentina captain told TyC Sports channel programme "Libero" (via Sport): "It would be bad [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona".

A combination of factors have seen him fleetingly linked with Premier League champions Manchester City over recent years - namely the necessary financial means, the presence of his old mentor Pep Guardiola and the prospect of linking up with long-time friend and global colleague Sergio Aguero in attack.

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Zinedine Zidane's men take on Liverpool in the final next weekend, seeking to win the trophy for a third consecutive year. It would be a huge blow for everyone. And at a soccer level, he would make Madrid much stronger than that it is.

Neymar said yesterday that he is focusing on getting well early enough to represent his country at thye summer World Cup in Russian Federation.

Neymar, however, says he is "tired" of being asked about his future. It is not time to talk about transfers.

The former Chelsea and AS Roma player finished the 2017-18 Premier League campaign as the top scorer after finding the back of the net 32 times, two more than English and Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane and was also adjudged as the PFA Player of the Year as well as the Football Writer Association player of the year. "I am a little exhausted of it now".

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