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World Cup 2018 Neymar returns to 'partial training' in race to be fit for Brazil

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that it would be "terrible" if former team-mate Neymar were to join Real Madrid.

He's being heavily linked with a return to La Liga but with Real Madrid.

Neymar left Barcelona for PSG in August after growing exhausted of performing in Messi's shadow. It would be a huge blow for everyone.

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The superstar himself recently stated that he is getting "tired" of the constant transfer rumours around his future, before adding that he is focusing only on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Messi was yesterday quizzed on his Barcelona team-mate leaving the club, and responded by saying: "It would be bad, because of everything he means to Barcelona. It would make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view".

Messi, who is now in South Africa to face Premiership Champions Mamelodi Sundowns, played for four seasons with Neymar at Barca.

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"I am not tempted to leave Barcelona".

"I think every important player wants to play at Real Madrid, they all want to come and play here, that's inevitable", he told a post-match news conference. He is the one who will allow us to achieve our goals, but in the case of a football team and many things, I cannot afford to make some public statements that other players may not be able to take.

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Messi and Neymar were teammates for four years in Catalonia, so it's no surprise that the Argentine doesn't want the move to happen. "If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona".

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