Alena cautiously excited about Neymar's potential return: 'He is a special player who'd improve any team'
- Alena doesn't know if the rumours about Neymar's desire to return are true
- The La Masia graduate, however, believes that such a transfer will improve Barca
- The possibility of Barca resining Neymar has been widely discussed again since the start of the January transfer window
Ernesto Valverde has decided to give rest to five first-team players against Levante, with Carles Alena filling in for Ivan Rakitic in the midfield. Despite Barca suffering a 2-1 away loss, the newly-promoted to the first team midfielder has left a positive impression.
After the game, the La Masia graduate has been asked about the possibility of Neymar's return to Barcelona, with the rumours about the shocking move reinvigorating the recent days.
Alena admitted that he knows nothing about the probability of the Brazilian's return but he would surely welcome it.
"I don't know. We don't talk about it in the dressing room," said Alena after Levante clash as per Diario Sport. "He's a special player who would improve any team, but we are completely focused on this season.
"I don't know if those that know him more speak with him and if he wants to return. We will see what happens."
Neymar for PSG across all competitions:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 9, 2019
• 51 games
• 46 goals
• 24 assists
Directly involved in 70 already. 👨🌾 pic.twitter.com/o523wMynTA
Neymar continues to be heavily linked with the sensational Barcelona return even though his world-record €220m-move didn't go well with the Cules. The reports have emerged again about the Brazilian asking Barca to take him back.
Earlier today, one of Spain's biggest newspapers, El Mundo, claimed that Neymar has called the representatives of the club five times, begging to return at the Camp Nou. His father has communicated to Barcelona that his son is 'sorry' for leaving the club.
While on Thursday a shocking rumour about Coutinho-Neymar swap deal came into circulation. Highly reputable British source Evening Standard claimed that Barca are allegedly going to sell Coutinho in summer which would fund their potential pursuit of their prodigal son, Neymar. Naturally, this sensational deal wouldn't come cheaply given the notoriously strained relationship between PSG and Barca. Nevertheless, Neymar's vocal desire to leave could help the Catalans.