World’s best player: Neymar should go back to Spain– Emery

Neymar has all the attributes to become the best player in the world but needs to move back to Spain to fulfill his potential, according to the Brazil star’s former manager at Paris Saint-Germain, Unai Emery.


Having left Barcelona for the French capital in the summer of 2017, Neymar has seen his standing in the world game fall due to his failure – in part due to injuries – to inspire PSG to glory in the Champions League.


It was cited that part of the reason for his record-breaking move away from Camp Nou was to escape from the shadow of Lionel Messi, but while Neymar has at times toiled, it was the Argentine who in December won his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Emery was the manager in charge at Parc des Princes when Neymar arrived, and though they tasted domestic success they struggled to make an impact in Europe amid speculation that they did not always see eye-to-eye during their one season together.


Despite that, Emery is of the opinion that Neymar is “without any doubt” the best player he has coached and feels the ex-Santos forward should now be looking to return to La Liga.
Neymar himself was keen to re-join Barca during the summer of 2019 and has also been linked to Real Madrid, and Emery would back his former charge in moving back to Spain in the near future.


“He is 27 years old and has all the conditions to be the best player in the world,” Emery told Cadena SER. “In Spain I would like him to come back because the best players have to be in the best teams.
“You hear a lot that he will return to Barcelona. I also left to go to PSG, but now that I’m in Spain, I think Neymar has to come back.”
Emery is currently out of work after he was sacked by Arsenal in November as he struggled to arrest a concerning run of results for the Gunners that left them mid-table in the Premier League.