Real Madrid might want Neymar, but the Brazilian has no interest in leaving Paris.
Since before the World Cup, speculation ran rampant over a potential transfer to Real Madrid. The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo a couple of weeks ago only served to heat those talks up. But the winger doesn’t seem to have any interest in such a move, per ESPN.
“Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press.”
Easy man, some of us have bills to pay.
But seriously, Neymar moving after just one season in Paris wouldn’t make much sense. It’d be one thing if PSG had to desperately sell off players in order to comply with Fair Play regulations, but we know these things aren’t taken seriously. Look no further than AC Milan, who were just reinstated to Europa League competition Friday morning. Other speculation stemmed from the wild idea that Neymar went to PSG from Barcelona first solely to make a move to Madrid one year later.
Regardless, it doesn’t look like Neymar is going anywhere. He just wants to win in Paris.
“I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG. I want to win with this club and I hope this season will be wonderful.”
Despite all the talent they have and all the money they spend, PSG cannot seem to get over that Champions League hump. Although right now, the only club in the world that consistently can is Madrid. They’ve won the previous three UCL titles. But with a new head coach on the touchline and Ronaldo at Juventus, it might as well be wide open. As for Brazil’s World Cup disappointment, Neymar seems to have put the loss behind him.
“My sorrow was big, it was a very tough sadness — the biggest I have had in my career. It has passed now, though. Now I have to think ahead, rest, and appreciate the time with my family, my girlfriend and do the things that make me happy.”
Neymar found the back of the net 28 times while providing 16 assists for PSG across all competitions (30 appearances) last season. But a foot injury would limit him to just 20 Ligue 1 appearances. PSG didn’t have trouble closing out the league though, finishing 13 points ahead of Monaco en route to their seventh league title. Now it’s all about taking that next step in Europe.
Will Neymar help PSG finally get to that mountaintop?