Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar


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.”


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?


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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