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Neymar ready to quit PSG for Real or Barcelona?

August 10, 2019 20:39 IST

Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona are the most likely destinations for the world's most expensive footballer.

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IMAGE: Neymar's spell in Paris has been blighted by injuries which have kept him out of key Champions League matches. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Brazilian Neymar will not play in Sunday's season opener for Paris St Germain, the Ligue 1 club said, as speculation continues to swirl over whether or not the forward will remain at the French champions.

"He has not completed a full week with the team and, for that reason, he will not play with us tomorrow," PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters on Saturday, ahead of the league match against Nimes.

 

Another source at the club said PSG is hoping to make a decision soon regarding Neymar's future in the French capital.

"We are still in talks over moving things forward, to see if he will stay or not," said the source, who added it was important the team "stays focused on the championship".

"Neymar is not in top physical condition," they added.

The Qatari-owned club has won Ligue 1 for six of the last seven campaigns, with only AS Monaco interrupting the run in 2016-17. PSG finished 13 points clear last season and 16 points ahead the season before that.

Sporting director Leonardo Araujo, back for a second stint in the role, has said Neymar can leave if a buyer is found.

Leonardo revealed that Neymar transfer talks are "more advanced than before" after the Brazilian was dropped for the French champions' opening Ligue 1 match, according to AFP.

He confirmed to reporters that the Brazilian is near the exit door but that PSG were "not yet ready to give its approval (to the transfer)" ahead of Sunday's match at the Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona are the most likely destinations for the world's most expensive footballer, with Spanish media on Friday saying that Zinedine Zidane's side will battle Barca for the 27-year-old's signature.

Sports newspaper AS claimed Neymar has been offered to Madrid by PSG, who are open to selling if they can either recoup the 222 million euros (9 million) they spent on him in 2017 or receive half that amount, with players included in the deal.

Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo says that he would prefer a move back to Catalonia to play alongside former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 in a deal valued at a record 222 million euros ($248.60 million). However, his spell in Paris has been blighted by injuries which have kept him out of key Champions League matches.

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