Lionel Messi is still longing for Neymar to return to Barcelona and appears keen for the club to sign him and Lautaro Martinez this summer.
The Catalans attempted to re-sign Neymar last year but could not agree a deal with Paris Saint-Germain, and Messi believes Neymar is still thinking about a return.
Martinez, meanwhile, has made a huge impact with Inter Milan in Serie A this season and Messi believes he could compliment Luis Suarez well at the Nou Camp, where the club have been short of strikers.
In a wide-ranging interview with Mundo Deportivo, Messi also confirmed Sky Sports News’ exclusive that he has no intention of leaving the club this summer, and discussed his row with technical director Eric Abidal as well as Manchester City’s Champions League ban.
Messi said: “Neymar is one of the best in the world and I’d love him to come back. He is a very happy person who is always smiling and enjoys himself on and off the pitch. He gave all the players a lift.
“It’s normal for the fans to feel [resentment about his possible return] because of the way he left, and that also bothered me at the time because we tried to do everything possible to try to convince him not to do it.
“At the end of the day, we all want to win. We all want to have the best and that goes for the fans, who want to see good football and success.
“I think Neymar really wants to come back. He’s sorry about what he did and last year he tried hard to come back. I think that [apologising] would be the first step he would take to try to make it happen.”