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Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho drops Neymar transfer bombshell during interview

Neymar forced through a hostile £200million move to Paris Saint-Germain before the start of the season.

Coutinho was brought in as his Brazil team-mate’s replacement two months ago.

There is talk of Neymar quitting PSG after just one season and moving to Real Madrid.

But Coutinho has sensationally echoed Ivan Rakitic’s sentiments that Neymar’s return to Barca would be well received.

“With Neymar, that’s life, but I have the same feelings as Rakitic,” Coutinho said.

“He is a great player.

I play with him for the international team and it is a real privilege.

“It would be great if he came back and of course we would open the door to that.”

Coutinho cost Barcelona £142m back in January and has scored three goals in 10 appearances so far.

Barca are on cruise control in La Liga as they charge towards the title, with focus now firmly on overcoming Chelsea in the Champions League last-16.

As for Neymar, his PSG side was last week dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.

A deal to Real has been mooted for months and Neymar stormed out of an interview with journalists before the New Year when asked about Madrid’s interest.

PSG are expected to change their manager this summer, with time up for Unai Emery.

And that upheaval could open a door for Real – or Barcelona possibly – to come in for the 26-year-old.

Coutinho and Neymar and tipped to impress at the World Cup in Russia this summer, where Brazil are favourites to win the tournament.

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