Paris St Germain full-back Dani Alves has urged his fellow Brazilian Neymar to “be brave” when it comes to considering a potential world-record transfer to the Ligue 1 giants.
Barcelona striker Neymar has been linked with a 222 million euro move to PSG, a deal which would see him become the most expensive player in the world, but neither club has spoken on the matter.
Former Barca man Alves, who moved to Paris from Juventus earlier this month, scored in PSG’s Trophee des Champions victory over Monaco on Saturday and afterwards he discussed Neymar’s situation.
Quoted in Marca, he said: “It’s an important decision for him and it’s the kind of decision men have to make. He’s one of my best friends and I’ll always want him by my side, but I can not interfere.
“I helped him come to Barcelona, I did not make the decision for him, but I told him what Barcelona was like and he decided to move there. Decisions are for the brave and I am the bravest of all.
“I just want my friend to be happy wherever he is, although obviously if he were here that would be much better.
“It’s a decision you have to make carefully but you have to be selfish. If I could advise one thing it would be: be brave, the world belongs to the brave.”
Neymar, 25, was heavily involved in Barca’s 3-2 friendly victory over LaLiga arch-rivals Real Madrid in Miami on Saturday but speculation over his future has continued to intensify in recent days.
He was pictured storming out of training following an angry confrontation with new team-mate Nelson Semedo while another Brazilian playing for PSG, Thiago Silva, said details of a switch might emerge “soon”.
Barca defender Gerard Pique, who last week posted a picture of himself with Neymar on Instagram with the caption “se queda”, meaning “he stays” has admitted he is unsure whether the forward will remain at Nou Camp heading into the 2017-18 season, claiming his online post was a “gut thing”.