​Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde has refused to comment on the speculation surrounding a potential return of ​Neymar to the Nou Camp, insisting that he is focused on his squad as they prepare to defend their La Liga title.


​Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to his former club throughout the summer after expressing his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with their rivals, Real Madrid too are said to be interested in signing him.


Valverde who has led the club to the league title in each of his two seasons in charge, is concentrating on the challenges ahead instead as they look to mount a challenge for the UEFA Champions League trophy.



"I'm outside all these matters and focusing on coaching the team, I have enough to think about ahead of the game without thinking about players from other teams. We need to respect players that play for other clubs, he belongs to Paris Saint-Germain right now so no, I have nothing to comment on right now," Valverde said as quoted by ​Goal.


"I have a squad to consider and I think about them for tomorrow, what happens after that is a problem for the future. I'm very happy with the squad and I have no reason to talk about players in other teams. I'm the coach, my job is to adapt to the players I've got. At a club like this there are always mixed opinions."


The Catalan giants start their La Liga campaign on Friday, the 16th of August when they face Athletic Bilbao.