Barcelona should ignore past in Neymar pursuit, says Puyol

Carles Puyol told Barcelona to ignore the past in its pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

Neymar has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past as it potentially looks to sign the Paris Saint-Germain forward, according to Carles Puyol.

Neymar, 27, is set to leave the Parc des Princes this close season after sporting director Leonardo confirmed the star was for sale at the right price. The Brazil international left Barca in a world-record EU 222 million move two years ago, but he is strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou.

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Former Barcelona captain Puyol, who won 18 trophies with the club, said the past should have no impact on the La Liga champion's decision. "In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past," he said on Monday, via Spanish media.

"If the player is on the market and you need him, you don't have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago."

'Great player'

Neymar has still starred in two seasons with PSG, but both campaigns have been hampered by injuries. However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona. "Neymar is a great player who can make a difference," he said.

"He's not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football."