Barcelona boss Quique Setien has fuelled speculation linking the club with moves for Neymar and Lautaro Martinez by revealing that he would love to work both players in the future.
Neymar has been touted for a return to Camp Nou for several years and the transfer saga shows no sign of subsiding, with the Brazilian keen on pushing through a move at the end of the season.
When asked about the speculation, Setien confirmed that he would relish the opportunity to coach the PSG forward.
“Of course I would like to coach Neymar one day,” he said in an interview with BeIN Sports (via the Daily Mail). “Fortunately I have been able to fulfil one dream of coaching the best player in the world in Leo [Messi]. What is to come next, we will wait and see but I’m sure I would be delighted, how would I not be.”
Martinez has also been tipped to move to Catalunya, with his fine form for Inter seeing him emerge as a possible long-term replacement for 33-year-old Luis Suarez, whose Barcelona contract expires next summer.
When quizzed on the Nerazzurri striker, Setien was similarly complimentary about his talents.
“It’s clear that there are four or five players who play in that position that are extraordinary and that any of them could be at Barcelona. He is a player who would be very good in this team, like other players of his level.”
Of late, Barça have been reported to be interested in a swap deal that would see Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic join the club. Again, Setien was in no mood to quell these again, putting on record that he is a big fan of the Bosnian.
“I’ve always said I like all top players and as they are top players then it follows that they could end up at Barcelona. He is a great player like dozens of others.”