While the rumors of departure of Neymar are recurrent, his absence in Paris on Monday is talking. Paris Saint-Germain lamented the absence of his superstar Neymar, announced at the start, at the resumption of training on Monday, and promised to "take the appropriate measures that result." "The Paris Saint-Germain found that the player Neymar Jr had not appeared at the time and place agreed, and this without prior authorization from the club," explained the formation of the capital in a terse statement.
Then a long interview with Leonardo, his first since returning to the post of PSG sports director, to drive the point. "We will study the measures to be taken, as we would have done for all employees and we will do it," he told the Parisian. Before adding: "Neymar can leave the PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone".
Injured in the ankle with the Brazilian selection before the Copa America, Neymar (27) did not intend to boycott the recovery, according to several media, despite his desire to leave. In Brazil to celebrate Sunday the victory of the Seleçao in the South American competition, the Parisian N.10 imagined more could benefit from a derogatory regime because of its "commercial and institutional commitments," according to the company NR Sports, who manages his communication. PSG was even "aware" of his scheduled absence, according to his father and agent Neymar Senior. "The motive (of absence) is known and planned for a year, as part of the activities of the Neymar Institute. We could not postpone them and he will represent himself on July 15th. It's as simple as that, no controversy, "he told the Fox Sports website, just minutes after PSG's missive.
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"We do not need players who would do a favor at the club by staying here. I do not know a club that has won over time with a player stronger than him. For a club to move forward, it must have control over everything. Including his most important players, "he clamored with the Parisian.
Accused of rape in June by a Brazilian for facts that would have occurred in Paris, a version refuted by the father of the player, Ney had already seen the PSG support him with extreme caution. The sign of an inevitable departure? "We know that Neymar wants to leave the PSG," confirmed Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu last Friday. "I know it because I read it in the press and I know it because I often meet Nasser (Al-Khelaïfi) on UEFA committees".
"We know it but we also know that PSG does not want Neymar to go. Therefore, there is no Neymar file, "he added. Not the best signal to send to the Brazilian star, who would aspire to return to the club where he shone for four years (2013-2017) and won a Champions League (2015). But a clever way to lower its price? "The position is clear to all participants. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us. And since we have not received an offer, we can not discuss anything, "says Leonardo, admitting just" very superficial contacts "with Barça. Liar poker is just beginning …
"An institution to respect"
Arrived with great fanfare in Paris in the summer of 2017, against 222 million euros, the Brazilian lost his untouchable status after two complicated seasons, tainted by injuries and disappointing performance. FC Barcelona, supposed to recover the player this summer, timed through the voice of its president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week: "To put an end to everything that comes out in the media, we know that Neymar wants to leave the PSG, we the we know, but we also know that PSG does not want Neymar to go away. Therefore, there is no record. "
The strong tone used by PSG on Monday refers to a statement by Leonardo, again PSG sports director: "What does Neymar Neymar if Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo. The club is an institution to respect. It is he who will guide the project, it is not Neymar. A statement reinforced by the position of PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaïfi this spring: "They will have to do more, work more. (…) They are not there to please themselves. And if they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao! I do not want to have any celebrity behavior anymore. "