Expect a fresh batch of speculation surrounding Neymar’s future after Mundo Deportivo claimed the Brazilian threatened to quit the club after a training ground row with Juan Carlos Unzue.
Reports last week claimed Neymar had been involved in an angry exchange with Unzue, who is believed to have questioned the star’s attitude and told him he needs to focus more on football than off-field activities
However, Mundo Deportivo now go a step further reporting that Unzue used Ronaldinho as an example of a player whose performances suffered due to lifestyle distractions.
Neymar was less than impressed with the comparison and reportedly said “if he stays, I’m leaving” referring to the possibility of Unzue replacing Luis Enrique as coach.
These words did not go unnoticed at Camp Nou and indeed made it all the way to the board who had already decided against a move for the 50-year-old.
As such it seems that Unzue has next to no chance of becoming the next coach of the club, with Ernesto Valverde now out on his own as the outstanding favourite.
Neymar, meanwhile, will undoubtedly be linked with just about every big club on the planet now after Mundo’s latest.
But if the Brazilian’s latest interview is to be taken into consideration then this report seems a bit baseless. Neymar has revealed why he believes his partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez has been as successful as it has.
The Catalan club’s front three have broken records together ever since Suarez joined the club in 2014, and have entertained the footballing world with many unbelievable pieces of play.
Neymar believes their relationship away from the field helps them to be in tune with one another on the pitch.
“We’re friends, and we always want the best for each other,” he told Sky Sports.
“Together, we are making history, scoring many goals and we are winning many things. It is a lot of goals for three people. I’m happy about the goals, it is a very high tally.
“Each player has their own qualities and importance within the team, and we have a great friendship that helps us on the pitch. I think it makes it easier to score goals and run for each other.
“We want more. More goals, more trophies, more everything. These three are going to go down in the history of football!”
Neymar has scored 16 goals and created 24 strikes in 42 matches across all competitions for the Blaugrana this season.
There have been also reports that Barcelona have identified two new targets for the left back position after missing out on Theo Hernández, the Atlético defender who has been impressing on loan at Alavés and has apparently agreed a deal to join Real Madrid: Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodríguez, who is perennially linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club.