While he wanted to join FC Barcelona this summer, the Brazilian striker Neymar has finally resolved to stay at Paris Saint-Germain one more year. The transfer window ended on Monday, September 2nd and the two clubs have never managed to find an agreement for this transfer.
This is the end of the summer soap opera. Neymar will wear the colors of PSG this season despite his desire to start at FC Barcelona, club he had left two years earlier to join Paris.
As negotiations stalled between Barça and Paris SG, the player himself announced to his leadership on Saturday, August 31 that he would stay another season reluctantly and while the transfer market has just ended, the Brazilian is still Parisian .
Neymar determined to leave after two contrasting seasons
"Ney" wanted to leave. So much so, according to the Catalan daily Sport , that he proposed to put his hand in the pocket for 20 million euros, to help FC Barcelona who could not afford to align with the requirements PSG (around 200 million euros to get closer to the 222 million euros invested on him in 2017).
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Since his arrival in France, Neymar has played only 58 games (51 goals) because of repeated injuries. He notably missed the two eliminations in the 8th finals of the Champions League on the lawn of Real Madrid in 2018 and against Manchester United this year. The Brazilian star had just been recruited to help the club of the capital to cross a course in European Cup, which proves, so far, to be a failure.
A return to selection before playing with PSG
With what state of mind will he approach this third season in Paris? Will the cloakroom welcome him with open arms? Will fans forgive him for his behavior while hostile banners have already been seen at Parc des Princes? His sporting director Leonardo and coach Thomas Tuchel are expected to have some headaches in the coming days while the Brazilian will be with his selection in the United States to play two friendlies against Colombia (September 6) and Peru (September 11). ).
His return with the Parisian band should take place September 14 against Strasbourg or September 22 in Lyon.