Many Barcelona fans have raised questions over the commitment of Neymar off late, and the Brazilian has tried to answer their doubts by claiming that for him, “Barcelona first and then Brazil”.
Neymar has stressed that he doesn’t want anybody to doubt his commitment in the Barcelona shirt and will do all that he can to be in the azulgranas’ all important final league game against Atlético. An injury during the Copa Del Rey final has caused him swelling in the fourth metatarsus of his left foot. Simply put, the knock he picked up will see the Brazilian out for between three to four weeks. However, the player is sure to be recovered for the World Cup.
“I knew it would be a medium to long-term recovery, but I was a little scared – first about being out, which I wouldn’t like at all, and after that, of course, the World Cup. But from here to three weeks’ time I’ll be back and hope to be able to play in Barcelona’s last game”, the starlet said in and interview with television channel ‘O’Globo’.
Neymar also explained how his injury came about and how it felt: “It was a swelling that I had from a while back. All I wanted was to be in that Cup final. It was hurting quite a bit, so much that I couldn’t really put my foot down at the end of the match.”
The Brazilian magician, who was out for a few games after a twisted ankle earlier in the season, regretted picking up his new injury: “It’s horrible being out in the sidelines, not training, not playing. Seeing your teammates playing, training and not being able to do a thing. Not doing anything is the worst feeling that a football player can experience”.
Barcelona Will Go Through “Extensive Refurbishment” This Summer: President
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed plans for “extensive refurbishment” at Barcelona on the back of a season of strife in Catalunya.
Barca are also seven points adrift of Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with just five games remaining, though they do have a game in hand over their title rivals.
But, Bartomeu, who has since replaced Rosell at the Barcelona helm, maintains the club will look to rebuild over the summer as they seek to overturn the ruling.
He told Gol Gol: “We will talk about changes that need to occur as we look towards next year. We have spoken and planned for the future for many weeks, but we cannot announce anything yet as we are still in competition.
“What I will say, though, is that while there will be extensive change, there will not be a revolution on the scale we saw under Joan Laporta.
“Andoni Zubizarretta will lead an extensive refurbishment that we hope to accomplish. Many decisions have already been made and he will announce them. We have worked hard and well.”