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Neymar’s former Brazil team-mate Willian believes the forward could star for any team in world football, as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.
Neymar has endured a frustrating spell with PSG since leaving Barcelona in 2017, not being able to win the Champions League and never playing more than 22 games in a single Ligue 1 campaign.
The 31-year-old was ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury in March, leaving him to watch Paris Saint Germain’s Champions League round-of-16 exit against Bayern from the sidelines.
I'll come back stronger 🙏 pic.twitter.com/VBTH9MME02— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 6, 2023
With Paris Saint Germain falling short of continental glory once again, both Neymar and fellow attacker Lionel Messi have been linked with a move at the end of the season.
Old Trafford has been suggested as a potential destination for the Brazil star after United clinched a return to the Champions League, and Willian believes he would thrive in England.
“Neymar, with the quality he has, performs anywhere,” the Fulham winger told Stats Perform.
“It would be cool to see him playing in the Premier League. Wherever he goes, he has the necessary quality to be able to enjoy and play the beautiful football he knows.
Firmino's farewell pic.twitter.com/KQpE9vbF7W— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 21, 2023
“He has a place in any team in the world for his quality. You only need to know if he wants to go to United.
“It’s a great club. For sure, if he goes there, he will be in a huge club. It’s a club that has won many titles here, it’s considered one of the biggest clubs in England along with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, all big clubs. If he comes to England, no doubt it would be great to see him in the Premier League.”
While Neymar could become the latest Selecao star to grace the English top flight, his fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino will seek pastures new after he plays his final game for Liverpool on Sunday.
Asked about Firmino’s impact on the Premier League, Willian said: “He made history here. He’s a player that I’m a big fan of, he’s a star player for me.
“He made history at Liverpool and won important titles. He is respected not only by Liverpool fans, but he is highly respected here in England. He leaves a legacy here. I don’t know if he’ll stay in England, but if he leaves, he’ll leave a huge legacy of what he did.”
Willian was also asked about the performances of Arsenal winger Saka, who signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners earlier this week following an outstanding campaign.
“He has the potential to be a great player, he has a lot of talent,” Willian said of his fellow wideman: He’s a player who has all the conditions to keep evolving, being one of Arsenal’s big names and, consequently, fighting to be one of the best players in the league, without a doubt.”
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