Gerard Pique unsure of Neymar future at Barcelona

Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal
Image: Gerard Pique has admitted he doesn't know for certain whether Neymar will remain at Barcelona.

Gerard Pique has admitted he does not know for certain whether Neymar will remain at Barcelona.

Pique posted a photo of the pair at the weekend on social media with the caption: "He stays," but the defender has now said that was only his opinion, not fact.

The Brazil international is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, and Sky Sports News have been told there's a 90 per cent chance the deal could happen.

Pique said in a press conference on Tuesday night: "My Instagram post was a gut thing. I want Neymar to stay. [It's my] Personal opinion from conversations I've had with him. It's my intuition.

"It was nothing official, it doesn't depend on me. Only Neymar can say what will happen, but I hope he stays. I try to explain to Neymar, as a team-mate and a friend, the situation he's in. I would say don't go to a league which, with all due respect, is not as good."

Gerard Pique and Neymar have been team mates for the last four seasons
Image: Pique and Neymar have been team mates for the last four seasons

Barcelona, with Neymar set to be in the line-up, play a pre-season friendly against Manchester United in the early hours of Thursday morning in Washington.

Javier Mascherano joined Pique in saying he thinks Neymar will remain at Barcelona.

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"It's a personal decision for Neymar. What Pique says is what everyone is feeling because of Neymar's quality and character,' he said. "We've all had a little chat with him because it's the group's desire that Neymar stays with us.

"The feeling is that Neymar will stay because he's so important to us all on a footballing and personal level."

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