Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar

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Barcelona are looking to complete a remarkable treble this season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are through to the final of the Copa del Rey after breezing past Real Madrid in the semi-final.

And after beating Real in La Liga on Saturday night, Blaugrana are seven points clear at the top of the table.

While they could only draw 0-0 away to Lyon in their Champions League last-16 first leg, they’re fully expected to progress to the quarter-finals.

So far, so good for Barca.

Despite being on the verge of a memorable season, the club are fully expected to spend big once again in the summer.

But could they bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou?

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The Brazilian has been linked with a return to the club almost ever since he left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, was asked whether Neymar’s return was a possibility this summer and he refused to give an answer.

However, he did insist that 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele - who replaced Neymar - is currently better than the PSG star.

“I won’t say yes or no. I say that, with their money, Barca made a sporting bet,” Bartomeu said, via Sport.

"With that money, we went for players like Dembele and [Philippe] Coutinho. Dembele is better than Neymar. He’s at Barca and he is better.”

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That’s certainly a big claim to make.

Neymar was recently asked about a possible return to Barca but said that he’s already “accomplished his dream.”

“I already accomplished my dream and everyone knows that was to play at Barcelona, my dream since I was tiny and I did it, so I feel a whole person,” said Neymar.

But what about signing for Real Madrid?

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Well, he didn’t rule that out.

“Enthusiasm to play at Madrid? They are one of the best clubs in the world, any player Madrid wanted would be attracted to play there. I feel very happy in Paris, really good here, but nobody knows what could happen in the future," he added.

“For the love of God, I’m not saying I will play at Real Madrid, calm down. I’m not saying that. Madrid are a very big club, any player with quality would like to wear their shirt.”

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