“Man City don’t need Neymar” – Former Man City star sends warning to Pep Guardiola

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Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha has told Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to avoid a move for PSG and Brazil star Neymar.

PSG are open to selling the 30 year old Brazilian this summer but Neymar’s annual salary of €43 million (£36.4m) before bonuses is making clubs reluctant to make a move.

Neymar has scored 100 goals in 144 games for PSG across all competitions since his £200m move from Barcelona in 2017 and he has won Ligue 1 four times.

Onuoha, who played 116 times for City between 2004 and 2012, feels Pep Guardiola should not sign Neymar.

When asked if he liked the idea of Neymar moving to City, Onuoha told ESPN FC: “No. But it’s not because he’s not a good player. I think they don’t need him.

“Especially if he will be playing on the left. You’ve got Jack Grealish there, Phil Foden as well.

“To bring someone in, who would stunt the development of those two players, it doesn’t seem to add up.

“I understand he has the pedigree and all that stuff. But City are building and building, looking to sign younger [players] when they can.

“It’s that concept of futureproofing. Neymar is an outstanding player, but it’s not the right moment for him to go to City. He will draw a crowd in, get a ton of goals and assists.

“But City have this mentality where everyone is pulling in the same direction, it’s not about the tricks and skills, it’s the hard work and understanding.

“I don’t see it being a good move. It’s a no-go for me.”