Jordi Alba has backed a post by Barcelona teammate Pique, saying Neymar will be staying at Barcelona.
Pique posted a picture of himself with Neymar on social media and followed it with the tag “He stays”.
Alba says he has not spoken with Neymar about his intentions but he hopes that Pique’s post was in earnest.
“You’ll have to ask Geri about these statements,” he said on Monday, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“I haven’t spoken to Ney at all about the subject. I don’t think it’s a joke from Pique. I hope it isn’t.”
Alba has little idea about the former Santos star’s plans but is confident that Neymar is happy with life in Spain.
“Neymar is a Barca player until it’s said otherwise. Ney is very calm, he’s happy here at Barca,” he said.
“I don’t have to convince anybody to do anything. I’m not in the head of any of my team-mates.
“For me, it’s the best club in the world. I’m at home here, with my family. Every player has his opinion and every player does what he has to do.
“You have to respect that but Ney is still a Barca player and we hope to have him for many years.”