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Neymar visits former Barca teammates

August 27, 2018
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Neymar has scored three goals for PSG this season.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was reunited with his old pals Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic as he headed back to Barcelona over the weekend after helping PSG beat Angers.

The Brazilian spent some time with his two former team-mates before posing for pictures with Rakitic, Suarez and his son Ben and sharing them on his Instagram story.

As Neywar was in the vicinity, he decided to organise a little get together with compatriot Rafinha and Marc-André ter Stegen as well.

The PSG star was snapped embracing ter Stegen and wrote on his Instagram: ‘As you were missing me,’ in a touching message.

Neymar has hit the ground running again this season and scored on Saturday as Thomas Tuchel’s men eased to a 3-1 victory over Angers.

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His deadly strike partners Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe provided the other two goals to make it three wins from three in Ligue 1 for PSG.

Barcelona will hope Neymar’s motive for his unexpected visit is well disposed and nothing to do with PSG’s increasing interest in Rakitic.

Spain and France’s transfer window is still open until the end of August and as Sportsmail revealed earlier this month, the French champions are pursuing Rakitic’s services and were reportedly planning to test Barcelona’s resolve with an £81million opening bid.

However, Neymar will need to do some persuading as the Croatian international, who starred for his country at this summer’s World Cup as they came second after losing the final to France, has come out and pledged his future to Barcelona in recent days.

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Rakitic is yet to sign a new deal but is in talks with the club and has now ruled out a move away from the Nou Camp anytime soon.

‘The last days were for reflecting and for me is a privilege wearing the shirt, I am very proud and I hope to be here for a long time,’ Rakitic told reporters after the 1-0 win over Real Valladolid.

‘Playing in the best club in the world is the biggest thing, I have spoken to my wife, my family and my agent and we all decided we are very well here and there’s no other club able to offer me what Barcelona is offering. Right now the most important thing is to prepare for the next games in the best possible way.’

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