Former vice president of Barcelona supports club to re-sign Neymar “for sporting reasons” … but says the Brazilian star “must apologize and lead a monastic life” while slamming the exit for PSG in 2017
- Jordi Mestre, the former vice president of Barcelona, wants the club Neymar to sign again
- Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain in a record deal of £ 200 million in 2017
- Mestre believes that club should move for him, but Neymar should lead a ‘monastic’ life
Former head of Barcelona Jordi Mestre has called on the club to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain – but admits that his world record £ 198 million departure in 2017 is still set.
Mestre also insisted that the winger should apologize for his departure and lead a “monastic life” when he returns to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona was near a reunion with Neymar last summer, but was unable to complete the 27-year-old’s move
Barcelona has considered removing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain
NEYMAR IN BARCA
HONORS: La Liga 2014/15, 15/16
Copa del Rey 2014/15, 15/16, 16/17
Champions League 2014/15
Mestre told Mundo Deportivo: “From an emotional point of view for how he left, no. Sporty though. In my opinion, he offers a bonus that few players have, he is a talent in one-on-one and scores many goals.
“That is something we need in many games where the opponent is locked at the back.
Yes, we would sign it if, of course, we could afford it.
‘If we want to fool ourselves, go ahead, in the end we are so used to winning titles that we are talking about values, which is of course very good.
“But in the end the results are the most important. If we put values above everything else, then let’s devote ourselves to rugby, the values of which far surpass football.
“If we didn’t win, we’d sign Neymar and whoever was needed.”
The Brazilian enjoyed great success alongside Luis Suarez (L) and Lionel Messi (R) in Spain
Jordi Mestre (L) with technical secretary Eric Abidal (C) and managing director Pep Segura (R)
Mestre, who served as vice president between 2014 and July 2019 before disagreeing with the board, also reiterated his belief that Neymar must repair many gates before a return is completed.
Mestre added: ‘I think that according to his conscience it must be an act of personal reflection. Everything is of course respectable.
“Now I also think that if Neymar should come back, he should repent, withdraw the claim against the club, hit himself, apologize, accept his mistake, and of course lead an almost monastic life.
“We’ve all had mistakes in our lives that we didn’t want to get a second chance. I also think that is part of the values. “