Luis Suarez admits he and Lionel Messi are still hurting from Neymar’s Barcelona exit after trying to convince the Brazil forward to stay.
“We miss Ney a lot on the pitch, but more off it, because he was special,” Suarez told Sport. “He’s said it. We had a lot of fun. He transmits happiness and joy all of the time. He was important for us.
“He’s playing for another team now but I don’t hold it against him, the opposite. I tried to convince him to stay because I think here’s the best place for him, but it’s a decision he had to take.”
“[Messi and I] tried to do what would benefit the team. But we never said ‘Don’t go because you won’t be happy.’ We said we didn’t want him to go, but that he was free to do what he wanted. Because of the friendship we have, it was painful that he left.”
Catalan TV station La Porteria reported Neymar is regretting his switch to PSG, but Suarez insists the 25-year-old would be ready to go on record if he was longing for a return to the Nou Camp.
“It’s come out that he regrets leaving. Not at all,” said Suarez. “Ney is mature enough to know if he regrets leaving and he would say it himself, it doesn’t need to be said by other people.”