Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta says he would much rather have Neymar as a teammate than a massive transfer fee in the bank, amid speculation the Brazilian is set to sign for PSG in a world-record €222 million (£196m) deal.

The Barcelona captain faced the press in Miami, ahead of the weekend’s Clasico friendly with Real Madrid in the ICC, alongside striker Luis Suarez. And both players insisted that only Neymar could end the transfer talk.

“We would like you [the press] to not keep asking [about Neymar] so much, but to end this, there is only one way: Neymar will speak,” Iniesta said, before adding: “I do not think 200-300 million will be more beneficial for Barcelona than having Neymar.

“He is one of the best players in the world and I always want the best players in my team.”I have no doubt that we all wish him to continue with us.”

Suarez said: “Neymar will give his explanations. We have to support him with the decision he makes.”

Neymar is expected to give a statement regarding his future in the next few weeks as their reports that the French club are looking to entice him with the presence of Angel Di Maria at the club.