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Rúben Neves clarifies how close he came to signing for Barça

Published:27/02/2024 - 21:31h

Updated:28/02/2024 - 02:59h

Rúben Neves was one of the names that was most popular in 2023 as a possible replacement for Sergio Busquets at FC Barcelona. The Portuguese explained in a talk with 'O Jogo' how close he came to wearing Barça last summer, before leaving for Arabia

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The FC Barcelona was very near to close the signing of Rúben Neves the past summer. The international Portuguese was one of the better alternatives valued by the directive, but the economic requirements of the Wolverhampton and the million the Arab league carried to the mediocentro to decant by the To the Hilal. In an interview for 'Or Jogo', the footballer of 26 years detailed the near that, really, was of the Barça and other two teams in 2023.

"It did not want to say names, but Barcelona was one of the hottest and was not lie. It was about to suceder, as it occurred with the Arsenal. Afterwards there was another club out of England. They were events that went accumulating and afterwards, with this opportunity of gold, did not have doubts in accepting it. Already it was toughened by transfers that no suceden", explained the mediocentro luso.

Rúben Neves Feels happy in Arabia

Further to having gone out of the European elite with alone 26 years, the one of Santa Maria gives Feira left clear his satisfaction for having chosen to the To the Hilal. In what it goes of season, Neves great 4 goals and 6 assistances in 28 parties with the ones of Jorge Jesus, leaders of the Arab league with 59 points, seven more than the To the Nassr of Cristiano Ronaldo and classified for the quarter-finals of the League of Asian Champions.

"Play in Saudi Arabia does not do me feel different in comparison with my colleagues in Europe. My physical capacity is genial. I am in way to be able to return some day to Europe and play to the highest level, but, to be honest, do not plan to return prompt. Following this way, Arabia could have one of the most important leagues of the world inside two years", argued the mediocentro.

Rúben fichó By the To the Hilal the summer gone through three seasons, until June of 2026. In total, the Wolverhampton remained with 55 million net euros by his traspaso, a mount too elevated for the financial planning of a Barça that finish choosing to Oriol Romeu like successor of Sergio Busquets, a bet that has not given the results expected.

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