Xavi: "Neymar? Hard-working, humble and as a player, he's the business"

Xavi Hernández gave a glowing report of his old team mate: "The Neymar I knew was a great, a good influence on the dressing room and a brilliant player...".

Xavi Hernández was full of positive things to say when asked about his old team mate Neymar, who has been linked with a return to Barcelona. The former Barça midfielder however, stressed that he can only offer his opinions which count for little in the operation to bring the Brazilian back to Camp Nou. 

Xavi, full of praise for hard-worker Neymar

“I’m not the one who decides these things – I’m not the coach at Barcelona, nor the Director of Sport or the president. So whatever other people might be saying, it doesn’t really matter what opinion I have. So I’m not going to tell you what I really think [about whether Neymar should return to Barcelona]," Xavi explained. "But in terms of football, he’s the business – stunning. I was his team mate and aside from that, I think he’s a great guy – a hard worker, who had a positive influence inside the dressing room, for his humility, dedication and sacrifice. But at the end of the day, it will be Barça who decide - those in charge at the club. It depends on who you listen to; I’m on the outside but I always want the best for Barça and if somebody tells me that Neymar can go back and triumph at Barça, I’d be delighted but we just don’t know. It depends on the club and the decisions they make”.