As one of three crown jewels in the Barcelona attacking triumvirate, Neymar is considered among the world’s elite footballers, boasting 14 goals and 23 assists over 35 matches in all competitions this season.
But Mourinho is having none of it, labeling the move “impossible.”
“It’s speculation,” Mourinho told ESPN, of reports linking his club to Neymar. “I always try to be objective and pragmatic with clubs and to ask them what they can give me. To ask for Neymar is absurd.
“A club like Barcelona can not and will not lose Neymar. Although Messi is still a young player with years ahead of him, he’s almost 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona post-Messi. So much that I think it is like trying to break into a safe, impossible.”