The latest on Neymar: “Happy” at Barca

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In a summer which saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s name in the transfer rumor mill, perhaps it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Neymar also poked his head into the frame.

Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, and a report in his home country said Neymar had accepted PSG’s triggering of his $254 million release clause.

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Barca vice president Jordi Mestre said the star would “200 percent” be with the club this season — two Neymars? Excellent! — and the player reinforced that notion to (even if the same report claims the player wants to leave). Neymar says, “I am happy here” and that last season opened some doors for him:

“It was the season where I felt more comfortable, even though we did not win the titles we would have wanted. We played great games and lived incredible moments. Now, we need to work for the 2017-18 season so it will be even more positive individually and as a group.”

That enough to convince you, or do you think there’s something to Neymar wanting to emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow and dominate the Paris sports scene? PSG fans may dare to dream of an attack with Neymar, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, and Edinson Cavani, but it’s a remarkably fantastic dream.