Bernat surprised that Neymar decided to stay at PSG
Neymar failed to secure a move to Barcelona in the transfer window and Juan Bernat was taken aback to see him remain at Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Juan Bernat was surprised Neymar remained with the Ligue 1 champions this season despite strong interest from Barcelona. Brazil star Neymar was a constant subject of speculation in the previous transfer window, with the forward doing little to hush the rumours of a potential return to Camp Nou.
Neymar keen to leave PSG
Barça were said to have offered PSG cash and up to three players – reportedly Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembélé – but the deal did not go through, despite the Catalan club reportedly being confident of getting it over the line. The strained relationship between the two clubs from when Neymar left Barça for PSG for €222million two years earlier was said to have impacted discussions, though Bernat acknowledged he felt the former Santos talent was more likely to leave than stay.
"Yes, it's true that I saw him more [likely] out of the club than in it for everything that was said in the press," Bernat told Spanish media. "Until the transfer window closed, anything could've happened. It was the best outcome for us [PSG]. He makes a difference with [Kylian] Mbappé. In the first game, as soon as he returned, he scored a goal. Then against Lyon he was also decisive. They [Neymar and Mbappé] are a different level. They are very skilled players. They carry the ball and make you suffer. Luckily we have them in our team."
Mbappé's blistering pace
Similarly, Kylian Mbappé was also linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Real Madrid said to be eager to sign him. Bernat is not surprised Mbappé attracts such interest, having seen first-hand in training that the 20-year-old is "practically impossible" to stop.
He said: "In a race Mbappé is unstoppable. If he starts [running], you're lost. When he has space, it is very complicated to slow him down. With the power he has it is practically impossible. Either you anticipate or there's nothing you can do. He competes very well, and that's what's going to make him very big. It [Madrid's interest] is normal, but he is ours and I hope he will always stay with us. He is in a big club."
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