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New Barca boss believes Neymar-less squad will regroup easily with Messi, Suarez still around


A new chapter will begin for Barcelona after Neymar’s sensational world-record move to Paris Saint Germain.

It won’t just be moving on for the La Liga giants to erase the stigma of Brazilian’s departure.

For new manager Ernesto Valverde, they must “turn the page’’ and face what lies ahead.

“Everybody is free to choose their destiny,’’ said Valverde. “He has chosen his own and we wish him luck.”

Neymar linked up with Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG for a world-record 222 million euros and was presented to their fans over the weekend.

His departure angered Barca fans of course, but Valverde called on their backers to remain calm.

“You do not have to look behind but what is in front, which is a lot,’’ he rationalized after Barca’s friendly draw with Gimnastic de Tarragona.

Wittingly, he added that “some doors are closed, but others are also opened,’’ without elaborating.

Without Neymar, the noted MSN attacking trio has now been reduced to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

But hopes remain high as Valverde tries to steer them to the right direction this coming season and make up for their second-place finish behind arch rivals Real Madrid in the last campaign, as well as in other domestic and European fronts.

The new boss is keeping his fingers crossed as the club aim to fill the void left by Neymar.

Amongst their targets are Philippe Coutinho, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele to compliment Messi and Suarez.

Barca warmed up for the coming season by beating Chapecoense in a friendly and then they will face rivals Real Madrid in the two-leg Spain Super Cup duel.

Valverde believes Barca will regroup with ease in the aftermath of the Neymar saga.

After all, main man Messi is still around, so as Suarez.

The duo is still as fearsome on the attack even if MSN is already history.