The new sports director of Paris Saint-Germain puts the points on the i concerning the future of Neymar.
Will leave, will not leave? Multiple sources report that Neymar wants to leave the PSG this summer, two years after his arrival for € 222 million, world record. The recent release of Nasser al-Khelaïfi in France Football seemed to open the door to a departure of the Brazilian star. Door always more open after this interview of Leonardo to appear Tuesday, in the columns of the Parisian, its first since returning to the Parc des Princes. The Paris sports director begins by confirming that "Ney" was expected Monday in the capital, for the resumption of training. A delay that should be worth sanctions to the person, as indicated by the club in a vitriolic statement. And even if his father, Neymar Sr., promises that everything was planned.
Then, "Leo" does not deny the desires of the 27-year-old. "It's clear for everyone," he slips. The former Brazilian international, however, ensures that he has not received any offers. Just "superficial contacts" with FC Barcelona. According to President Bartomeu, "Neymar wants to leave the PSG but the PSG does not want him to leave". Not so simple for Leonardo: "It is he who says it … But we have not seen that Barcelona was really in position of buyer." However, it will be necessary that the Catalan club out of the wood if he really wants to repatriate his former colt. Because of course, a possible transfer of the one who is presented as the third best player in the world, "it changes a lot" in the overall perspective of the mercato Paris Saint-Germain. "Then, a file of this dimension is not just about feelings. It's a financial issue, "says Leonardo coolly.
And the 49-year-old leader summed up: "Neymar can leave the PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone. But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy it or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that's for sure … "All before walking in the footsteps of" NAK "by reaffirming that" the PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something great. We do not need players who would do a favor at the club by staying here. "A priori, this is not the Brazilian robot portrait …
From Ligt to PSG, it's no
That's not all. Leonardo also sweeps more globally the mercato of the champion of France in this river interview in the Paris area. In this case, it puts an end to the suspense about Matthijs de Ligt, the young (19) captain of Ajax Amsterdam, announced close to Juventus. "He will not come to PSG. A possibility existed. He is a great player but it was not a good time to make a big investment. We must calm down a little. We do not have an envelope of 200 M € to spend, like that. "Regarding the Neapolitan Koulibaly," a very expensive player ", there is" no specific project ". Leonardo also maintains the suspense about Thiago Silva ("next season is not written") and promises that recruitment to the guardian position "is not a priority". The Brazilian, however, is careful not to guarantee that Alphonse Areola will be the number one goal in the next season … "We need a defensive midfielder and maybe a player to complete the central defense," he said. he, remembering that financial fair play is watching. In case of departure from Neymar, this problem would disappear suddenly …
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