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Puyol: If Neymar’s on the market, don’t think about the past

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The former Barcelona captain says you have to look forward

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Former FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has defended his former teammate, Neymar, as rumors of a prospective return for the Brazilian to the Catalans swirl.

Speaking at a benefit for the SJD Pediatric Cancer Center in Barcelona, the former defender said that you have to forget the acrimonious split when Neymar decided to leave for Paris Saint-Germain.

“All players, when they take a decision, believe that it’s the best for them and when he took it, for sure he was convinced it was the right choice,” Puyol said.

“In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past. And if he is a player who is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened years ago.

“Ney is a great, great player, who can make the difference. In the last two years, perhaps he has not developed his entire football because of injuries, but if he returned and recovered the level he was at... I believe that he still has a lot to give to football.”