Neymar joining Real Madrid wouldn't hurt Iniesta

Neymar (L) during his time with Andres Iniesta at Barcelona Source: Getty Images

Andres Iniesta insists he would not be hurt if his former Barcelona teammate Neymar joined La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

Neymar left Camp Nou in 2017 after four successful seasons alongside Iniesta at Barca, which saw them win two La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League, to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million (A$348 million).

The Brazilian superstar has consistently been linked with a switch to Madrid since his arrival in France, but Iniesta – who left Barca to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe in May – would have no issues if such a move materialised.

"It wouldn't hurt me because they are decisions that if they happen, happen," Iniesta told Cadena SER.

"Madrid would reinforce themselves with a unique player."

Iniesta does not envisage Neymar returning to Barca and believes his former club have responded well to losing one of their star attackers.

"Obviously, Neymar continues to be one of the best and in any team he would make a difference, but it's not easy to return," he added.

"Barcelona have unique players and I see them as candidates to win all the titles.

"Barca have reinforced themselves well this year. There are people like [Philippe] Coutinho, who has adapted well. I see a powerful team."

Source Omnisport