Barcelona starlet Nelson Semedo has opened up on his training ground fight with former Barcelona superstar Neymar.
The 25-year-old took over the summer transfer window with what has ended up being the most incredible transfer saga in history. With an astronomical fee of €222 million, Neymar finally left Barcelona after four years for the City of Lights and Paris Saint-Germain. However, Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo has opened up on a heated argument the pair had during the pre-season tour of America.
According to the 24-year-old right back, both him and Neymar got into a fight during a training session during the tour and had to be separated by team-mates. Neymar was pulled and physically restrained by defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets and then stormed off the field. It wasn’t soon after that Neymar handed over the check for €222 million to the club and completed his record breaking move to PSG.
In an interview with Maisfutebol, Semedo went on to say “It was a normal training situation, but it went to another level. It did not affect me because I had the support of the whole team and my friends. I had just arrived and one of the most influential players on the team came into conflict with me after a normal training situation.
It bothered me at the time, but I also managed to understand: he was in a difficult time, he wanted to leave.”
The 24-year-old Portuguese international arrived from Benfica during the same summer window and many believe that Semedo could be the long-term replacement for Dani Alves that Barcelona has been looking for. He has already been compared to the former Barcelona right-back many times during his time with Benfica but that’s exactly why he thinks the Barcelona fans will take time to like him.
He further added “Here they had the best player in my position: Dani Alves. He wasn’t going to be easy to replace, so it’s normal that the fans have doubts. Each day I try to improve and do better. There’s a lot ot learn but like I said, in his day Dani Alves is my reference point. I’m trying to follow his line and arrive at his level.
For now, I’m happy to be able to contribute to Barcelona’s success.”
Neymar’s eventually departure did leave a massive hole in the Barcelona team-sheet and while the club has tried to fill it with Deulofeu and record-signing Ousmane Dembele, they haven’t managed to do it. However, despite that, the club has done well, and both Barcelona and Semedo need to try to move on.