Marseille boss Villas-Boas: 'Neymar could succeed Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d'Or but...'
- The Portuguese specialist values the Brazilian highly.
- However, he believes Neymar hasn't been at his best level since joining PSG.
- Still, Villas-Boas would like him to stay in the Ligue 1.
Marseille head coach Andre Villas-Boas gives his take on the neverending Neymar transfer saga. The Brazilian has now spent two years in France and scored 51 goals in 58 games. However, his time in Ligue 1 may come to an end. The 27-year-old has been reportedly frozen out of the PSG squad until he resolves his future.
Villas-Boas admits he values Neymar highly, however, it's clear for the Portuguese that he hasn't been at his best level since joining PSG.
Goal quote the Marseille boss as saying: "He is an important player in the world of football. For me, it was the player who could succeed Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d'Or. But he did not recover all the qualities he had shown in Barcelona."
Still, Villas-Boas doesn't want Neymar to leave because it could have a negative effect on the Ligue 1. He continues:
"For Ligue 1, it's not good if he leaves. This type of player has an important image in football, a bit like when Ronaldinho was here in Paris. There's this attractiveness, the football world wants to watch these kinds of players. I don't know what's going to happen, I can't comment on the separation because I'm not the PSG coach."
Recent reports state that Barca are still in more advanced talks with PSG than ever. However, the negotiations are alleged to be quite complicated as PSG's demands are higher than both Barcelona and Real Madrid could afford.
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