Market / Ligue 1: Is Neymar still part of the PSG project?

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had a lot to say on Tuesday in the columns of Le Parisien. The president of PSG did not choose to use the language of wood. With one exception. On the case of Neymar, “NAK” more or less put him in touch. “We will not talk about these issues in the mediahe replied in deciding the place of the Brazilian in the new project that the capital club wants. Some will come and some will go, but these will be private negotiations. ” To keep vague about Neymar’s future, Al-Khelaïfi hardly found a better speech.

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The words of the Parisian president confirm a trend that has begun in recent months. Neymar is no longer the head of the project since he joined the club in 2017. Kylian Mbappé took this costume from him. This is not from yesterday. And the extension of the blue star’s contract despite Real Madrid’s advances has ended up making him the undisputed head of the Parisian club’s cable car for the next few years. Paris has gone out of its way … and even more so to keep the old Monegasque. It is, at first glance, much less tied to Neymar.

A matter of image, but not only …

Rumors of his departure were already emerging before Al-Khelaïfi’s creepy speech about the Brazilian. It has been rumored for several months that the Parisian management was willing to study possible offers for the former Barcelona player, hired for 222 million euros in 2017. And that Luis Campos, the new strongman in the PSG sports sector, would not want it . hold on if an acceptable proposal arrives on your desktop. That basically, symbolically, separating from Neymar could be the best way to move on to this new project that should mark the end of “bling bling“in Paris.

“Galtier is a mini Didier Deschamps”

But it’s not just about image. At the sporting level, Neymar is coming out of his most delicate season at PSG. His inability to make a difference during the first half of the year, his words revealing a certain tiredness for football and his unprecedented lack of impact on the Parisian game have already left room for doubt about his future. Paris. They were strengthened by another ankle injury, which kept him off the field for three months between November and February.

Behavior to be reviewed imperatively

Neymar, however, had finished the season well. He was already involved in the two goals scored by Kylian Mbappé in the double clash against Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League, despite the elimination in Paris. Above all, he had regained an influence and statistics finally closer to his standards since the spring, with 10 goals and 3 assists in his last 12 outings in League 1. Although, during this period, the Brazilian had distinguished himself. for his indiscipline for picking up 8 yellow cards.

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This is a recurring problem with Neymar. Beyond his multiple injuries that have weighed heavily on his five years at PSG, his tendency to “take off” in the face of provocation is a fault that his opponents will never hesitate to exploit. In this, he sometimes threatens the balance of the Parisian collective more by his attitude than by his talent. It is this kind of behavior that the management of the capital club no longer wants to see. “You need to change to avoid injuries, suspensions and fouls that change the gameAl-Khelaïfi insisted in particular. If he wanted to target Neymar, the PSG president could not have done better.

Potentially one of PSG’s best assets

Exactly. The lyrics of ‘NAK’ may also sound like a warning to the Brazilian. A way of telling PSG number 10 that he must change his attitude to be part of the new management of the Paris project. A lever on which to push to push Neymar to take responsibility and eventually become the one that Paris saw as the ideal player to make his dream come true. The international auriverde is not in another wavelength. “I would give my life for the Champions trophy to be in Paris“he said last February.

The strategy would make no sense. Because it will be difficult for Neymar to find a policyholder given his salary and the duration of his contract until 2025. Also, above all, because he is potentially still one of the best assets of PSG. Few players have the creativity and ability to make a difference. The quality of his connections in the game with Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappé is no longer to be proven. The unprecedented detachment of the capital club towards him may also be likely to put pressure on him to make the most of it. It would be time.

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