Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past, according to Carles Puyol, as they potentially look to sign the Paris Saint-Germain forward.Neymar, 27, could be set to leave the Parc des Princes this close season after sporting director Leonardo confirmed the star was for sale at the right price.The Brazil international left Barca in a world-record €222 million move two years ago, but he has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Former Barcelona captain Puyol, who won 18 trophies with the club, said the past should have no impact on the La Liga champions’ decision.”In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past,” Puyol said on Monday, via Spanish media.”If the player is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago.”Neymar has still starred in two seasons with PSG, but both campaigns have been hampered by injuries.The Brazil star also recently missed out on the Copa America following an injury against Qatar in a pre-tournament friendly, although Brazil went on to win the tournament on home soil by topping Peru in the tournament finale.However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona.”Neymar is a great player who can make a difference,” he said.”He’s not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football.”Camp Nou legend Lobo Carrasco isn’t on the same page as Puyol when it comes to the Brazilian however, declaring the club must get its priorities right.“I do not want Neymar to come in,” Carrasco told El Chiringuito.“Barca needs to have a Puyol. With the signing of Neymar, Barca would lose even more at the back.” While a return to Barcelona remains uncertain, Neymar’s future at PSG appears in serious doubt after he failed to report on time for pre-season. The Ligue 1 champions declaring appropriate measures will be taken as a result – though Neymar’s father is adamant the club were aware of his son’s plans.
The Sri Lankan government has made commitments on transitional justice and accountability, a political settlement of the ethnic problem, security sector reform, the return of land, the release of Tamil political prisoners, actions to end human rights violations and other ambitious reforms, Mr. Davis said.“Unfortunately, not enough improvement has yet been seen by the Tamils, Christians and Muslims who feel marginalised and discriminated against,” the Congressman said. Speaking on the House Floor to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka, he said the Sri Lankan government won the war to keep the Sinhalese and Tamil communities within one country, but has not yet won the peace. “Courageous leadership is needed to gain trust if reconciliation is the goal, not just promises.“Now is the time for real action,” Davis said. (Colombo Gazette) “The US, must assist and support in any way we can, but we must also keep incentives in place such as conditions on military and other aid until the government has accomplished real reform,” said the Democratic Party lawmaker from Illinois. Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious minorities including Tamils still feel marginalised, seven years after the end of the civil war with the LTTE, a senior American lawmaker has said as he appealed to the Lankan government to take “concrete” steps to address their concerns.“The leaders of the new government have made many ambitious promises to advance toward the goal of a stable and prosperous future for all. Now is the time to turn those promises into concrete action,” Congressman Danny K Davis said on the House floor, the Press Trust of India reported.