Lionel Messi insists he is not disappointed at Barcelona's failure to secure Neymar's homecoming over the summer transfer window, while admitting he is unsure whether the club pulled out all the stops to bring the Brazilian back into the fold.
However, in the end, the clubs were not able to agree terms for the transfer, and Neymar will now have to spend at least another four months in Paris.
Neymar's father has spoken about his son's desire to leave PSG but says he has to be happy where he is.
It is also reported that sportswear giants Adidas also played a major role in Pogba not leaving this summer.
Amid reports Messi and his team-mates asked for Barca to re-sign Neymar, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor said: "In the locker room we never asked for Ney's signing".
"The negotiations between clubs are not over", he said. "There was no contract termination clause, and this made things very hard", Neymar Sr.is quoted as saying in comments separately published by AS.
"We fought to find an agreement".
"A Brazilian only wants to be where he can be happy". "And he was very happy at Barcelona. When his friends ask him if he want to go back, it upsets him".
"He is one of the best players in the world and at the image level and sponsors we would have taken a leap that would have given us stability".
Neymar will now return to Paris after the worldwide break and could make his first Ligue 1 appearance of the 2019/20 campaign against Lebo Mothiba's Strasbourg on Saturday.