Back in Paris this week, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi gave several interviews to the press, from Le Parisien to Marca via La Gazzetta dello Sport. And it was in Le Parisien that the president of PSG was the most talkative, sending several messages. According to him, it’s the end of the bling-bling at PSG and the beginning of a new era, with combative players ready to die on the pitch for their club.
A speech that does not really match the attitude shown by Neymar since his arrival at PSG. Often injured, often disappointing despite good stats, the Brazilian wanted to return to Barcelona in 2019, but was retained against his will. In recent weeks, several media have announced that PSG wanted to part with him, but now wants him to stay and honor his lucrative contract which runs until 2025.
“Whoever wants to stay in his comfort will stay aside”
Asked by Le Parisien about Neymar’s future, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said: “What I can tell you is that we expect a lot more from all the players than last season. A lot more! They all have to be 100% (…) The one who wants to stay in his comfort, who doesn’t does not want to fight, he will stay aside”. The message couldn’t be clearer. It remains to be seen whether he will be heard by the Brazilian, who had finished the 2021-2022 season well and will undoubtedly be motivated a few months before the World Cup in Qatar.
Relaunched on Neymar by Marca, who asked him if the Brazilian was part of the club’s new project, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi kicked into touch: “We cannot talk about these issues in the media, some will come and some will go, but these are private negotiations.”
According to FootMercato, PSG will not retain Neymar this summer in the event of a good offer. Luis Campos as the Doha decision makers would be on the same wavelength. FM reveals above all that PSG have set a price for the Brazilian international from which he can be sold this summer. A price which has not however been specified … With a huge salary in Paris, Neymar will be difficult to recruit this summer and a departure is therefore far from certain.