Javier Mascherano says Neymar is “happy” at Barcelona and does not expect him to leave, amid reports that he wants to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in recent weeks, with Ligue 1 giants PSG reportedly willing to activate his £195m (222m euro) buyout clause.
But Mascherano does not think the speculation will unsettle Neymar, who he believes is the future of Barcelona.
“He’s accustomed to the pressure and people talking,” the Argentine told ESPN. “There’s always going to be rumours and news around him.
“It’s really difficult to give advice. Firstly, I’m not anyone to be giving advice and secondly, I see him really happy here, really happy.
“[Barca] are a club that have made it possible for him to perform at his best. But after that, each person has to make their own decisions.
“In the case of Ney, obviously he is young and I hope he’s here with Barcelona for many more years.
“He is a really important player for the club. Because of his age, he’s the future of the club and we hope we can keep on counting on him.”
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