Kylian Mbappé not leaving PSG

Kylian Mbappé has confirmed to BeinSports that he will continue at Paris Saint Germain for at least one more season, despite constant rumours linking him away from the French capital.

“I am here in Paris and I want to be part of the project,” the young star said. “I will be at PSG next season and I will try to win as many titles as possible.”

Mbappé also pointed to the upcoming season being a rather special one, and one that he wants to be part of.

“I am in the fourth year of the project. It is an important year as it is the 50th anniversary of the club. This is important in the eyes of the team and the fans, and I will try to win all the possible trophies and aim to do my best.”

So that is what it appears, at least for the moment, as the Frenchman closes the door to main suitors, Real Madrid.

That said, Florentino Pérez had already publicly stated that it was going to be a summer without any major signings and, given what has happened with the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 has felt like the most likely transfer for Los Blancos number one target.

Edison Cavani to leave PSG

Edinson Cavani has informed PSG that he won’t be signing a new deal with the club and, as such, won’t be involved in their Champions League fixtures for the rest of this season.

According to Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) Sport, PSG had originally hoped that Cavani would sign a short-extension to cover the European competition’s conclusion.

But that proposal has been dismissed.

Cavani will instead search for a new club from the 30th June.

The Uruguay international footballer has played 301 matches for PSG, scoring 200 goals and providing 37 assists. During his time at the French club he’s picked up 19 honours: six leagues, four cups, five league cups and four French Super Cups. 

Another player who is following that same path is Thomas Meunier. The right back doesn’t want to extend his stay in Paris and will look for a new club at the beginning of July. Thiago Silva is out of contract too but hasn’t confirmed or denied he will lead the club out in the Champions League.

Cavani and Meunier would also miss the French Cup and League Cup finals against Saint-Etienne and Lyon respectively.

Coutinho’s likely move to PSG or Liverpool could bring Neymar back at Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is said to be a target for various big European sides.

Bayern don’t want to pay his loan-to-buy option fee. Per the Daily Express, but Jurgen Klopp would be interested in taking him back to Anfield.

The 27-year-old left Liverpool for 145 million euros to join Barcelona in January 2018. However, his first option is Kai Havertz, at Bayer Leverkusen. Other sides like Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham have an interest in the playmaker who impressed in England between 2013-17.

Per Le10Sport, Leonardo is interested in bringing Coutinho to PSG. It could be the key to getting Neymar back at Barcelona.

Coutinho has seven goals and eight assists in 27 games at Bayern, where he is not fitting in well.

PSG to blame for Edison Cavani’s delayed move to Spain

Edinson Cavani is eager to complete a move to Atletico Madrid but Paris Saint-Germain are still standing in the way of the Uruguayan.

The brother and agent of the striker is in Madrid, drawing up the details of the contract that may, or may not, eventually be signed.

Findings from media reports show that, despite the wishes of Atletico and Cavani for the move to go ahead, its completion still hinges on PSG.

Atletico have offered ten million euros plus variables which was turned down, and would be willing to offer 15 million euros.

The Ligue 1 champions started the January transfer window refusing to negotiate any move for Cavani but then altered their stance, placing a 30 million euro price tag on the soon-to-be 33-year-old.

Yet Los Rojiblancos are refusing to pay more than 20 million euros for a player who is available for free in June.

If any move is to transpire, PSG will need to significantly lower their asking price.

Edison Cavani to join Atlético Madrid in January

Atlético Madrid are struggling for regular goals but Diego Simeone is keen to address the problem.

Atlético have only scored 20 goals in 18 LaLiga matches this season thanks to Alvaro Morata’s seven strikes.

But Simeone’s solution seems to be coming from France, where a Paris Saint-Germain star has fallen down the pecking order

Uruguayan and PSG striker Edinson Cavani is close to joining Atlético Madrid in January, according to AS.

Cavani has reportedly agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Atlético, while PSG would prefer to keep the 32-year-old until the end of the season.

The soon-to-be free agent has found himself behind loanee Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar this season.

Signing Cavani in the January transfer window could force Atlético to sell due to their salary-limit issue, with Thomas Lemar a possible casualty.

Neymar, Barcelona’s prodigal son at PSG

Neymar’s growing pains at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) took a new turn after the footballer was substituted in their 2-0 victory over Lille on Friday.

In response to the unending boos from PSG fans since his request to leave the Parisian club failed last summer—and contrary to the norm in football—Neymar walked straight past his manager Thomas Tuchel and teammates who sat on the substitute bench. His destination was the dressing room.

Although football pundits believe Neymar’s excesses would be dealt with “internally,” considering the already-bad public image and media rumors, Tuchel says the Brazilian star did no wrong.

But Neymar’s return to Paris is creating more problems than expected. Before the match against Lille, Neymar, who was recuperating after suffering an injury, flew down to Madrid in support of his close friend and former teammate Gerard Pique at the Davis Cup tournament.

The Davis Cup was organized by Pique.

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Undated image shows Pique and Neymar

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Tuchel was not happy with Neymar’s decision to jump on a plane for fun instead of focusing on club projects and personal development. And the player’s response when substituted did not show remorse.

Speaking to newsmen on the alleged internal issues between Tuchel and Neymar, the coach said: “What can I do about that? I’m neither his father nor the police.”

The German coach was obviously indifferent to Neymar’s disrespectful behaviors when he, however, included his Brazilian ace in the starting line-up against Lille.  Unfortunately, the player had a somewhat unexciting performance on the field until he was subbed in the 64th minute.

Neymar didn’t feel happy—though his reason remains unclear—when the board went up on the side-lines just after the hour mark, with 10 in red and Kylian Mbappe’s No. 7 with the green. The France international footballer had been sick before the match so it could have been a surprise that both stars needed to share pitch time.

Neymar plodded off the field, gave a hug to the young Frenchman who is also a close friend, and then headed straight down the tunnel to the dressing room. The Brazilian was in no mood to stay on the bench and support his teammates for the final half hour.

Football pundits slammed Neymar for showing off such an insensitive character. Admittedly, it wasn’t the wisest action from a world-class footballer whose decision to re-join Barcelona in the summer angered most local fans. PSG supporters have never stopped whistling his actions since then.

Answering questions from newsmen after Neymar’s unvoiced anger, Tuchel tried to play it down.

‘It’s nothing new in football,’ the coach said of his No. 10. “Many players choose to go directly to the dressing room whereas others may want to stay on the bench.

‘In fact, I didn’t notice what happened because my focus was on the tactical change…Mbappé needed to pass instructions to his teammates and I was watching to see it done…Neymar’s problem, if any, will be discussed internally.’

The German tactician also justified Neymar’s inclusion in the first team, saying: ‘He was out of action for 6 weeks so he is yet to reach his peak…But the time he got on the pitch was reasonable enough for a player like him…It was obvious that he lacked rhythm, precision, as well as the time to be decisive…He just needed to play after 6 weeks.’

PSG will slug it out with Real Madrid in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture with Zinedine Zidane’s men. By then Neymar’s absence or presence in the selected squad will tell if the alleged rift with Tuchel has been settled—while Barcelona wait to have their prodigal son back at Camp Nou.

 

Neymar rejects new contract from PSG

Neymar Jr. has turned down the chance to renew his PSG contract which expires in 2022.

The Brazilian does not want to pen a deal until 2025 and instead is thinking about Barcelona.

Neymar is only at PSG still because president Nasser Al-Khelaifi would not let him go to Camp Nou in the summer but staying in Paris is not his priority.

Negotiations between Neymar’s father and PSG started last season, even though the player wants to leave and tried to force his way out. PSG want to tie Neymar down, but Neymar’s dad keeps putting fat demands on the table, making any deal very hard.

At the moment, PSG are trying to renew the spine of their team – Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (on standby as they will only offer a short contract because of his age – 35), Meunier and Verratti, with whom there is a deal already.

Why Neymar is the most hated player in France

Thomas Tuchel has reflected on the situation around Neymar and on the anger that many Paris Saint-Germain fans feel towards the player, following a summer of transfer speculation.

It was made clear in the summer that Neymar wanted out of the French capital and now the fans are angry with him, something Tuchel can sympathize with.

“It’s not a simple situation,” he said in an interview with beIN.

“The fans express themselves and I totally understand it.

“They have the right to express themselves.

“They’re proud of their club and it’s not nice to hear one of your players say week after week that he wants out.

“I’ve told him that we need to face this reality.

“There’s pressure for him to act well and to change opinions.

“Our relationship hasn’t changed.

“I knew he wanted to leave and he knew I was against it, as it didn’t seem like the right time or the right decision to me.

“As a coach, obviously I didn’t want to lose him.

“But, in the end, we both knew the decision wasn’t for him or for me to make.

“So it shouldn’t affect the way we work together.”

Tuchel explained that the decision was one for the directors and he reflected on their stance.

“The club’s position was very clear, that Neymar wasn’t to play until he said he would stay,” the coach revealed.

“That helped me, as I could concentrate on the rest of the group.

“I didn’t have to ask if he’d play or not because the decision was clear and came from upstairs.”

During the interview, the German took the time to make a defence of Neymar.

“He is a really good guy, even if it might seem difficult to believe from the outside,” the coach said.

“I told him ‘you’re with me and I’m not going to leave you’ once it was all over.”

Is Barcelona’s move for Neymar a plot to satisfy Messi?

 

The alleged rift between Neymar and PSG owners was a factor in Barcelona’s rekindled interest to sign him—but football pundits have uncovered the ulterior motive.

Lionel Messi feels incomplete without Neymar.

According to Marca, Barcelona wants to sign the Brazilian football star to keep their Argentinian talisman happy.

Signing back Neymar from PSG is considered a necessity—not just to satisfy Messi—but to provide a better replacement now that Philippe Coutinho has almost completed a move to German club side Bayern Munich.

The sports tabloid adds that Neymar’s situation is Barca’s major challenge at the moment. Representative of the Spanish football club were in Paris earlier this week for negotiations with PSG owners. Media speculations, however, have it that a deal for the Brazilian ace is “nearly impossible.”

French newspaper Le Parisien said the move for Neymar “isn’t really serious and could be a bluff to keep Messi in a happy mood.”

Messi has been a long-time friend of Neymar even before the latter joined Barcelona. But the Messi-Neymar relationship was short-lived because the Brazilian wanted a Ballon d’Or, which he believed was unattainable within Messi’s shadow. A mega move to France provided an opportunity for individual trophies.

Unfortunately, PSG missed out in the 2018/19 Champions League, however, retaining their dominance in Ligue 1.

Reports from Spanish news outlets say “Messi wants to play alongside his former teammate at Camp Nou.”

Neymar also wants a return to Barcelona and his agents have made it clear that he is no longer comfortable with events at the club. His father insists there must be an agreement between PSG and Barca this summer.

The expected deal would be a complicated one, though, in terms of finances. It is therefore possible that the Catalan giants could try signing Neymar on loan initially. Exchanging players like Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo in the deal may also provide a better option.

Barca’s loss to Athletic Club in their first 2019/20 La Liga campaign shows there are problems in the dressing room—and this may not be far-fetched from Neymar’s return saga. Without speculations on Messi’s interest in the deal, their defeat highlights the need for tested-and-proved legs to strengthen the attack. So, Messi might not be the only one asking for Neymar’s return.

Neymar very close to joining Barcelona

Barcelona are more optimistic about their chances of signing Neymar, even if they maintain that a move from Paris Saint-Germain remains complicated.

A Blaugrana delegation that included Eric Abidal traveled to Paris on Tuesday to meet with the PSG directors and to try to unblock the Brazilian’s move to the LaLiga Santander champions.

Although such a transfer could still take days to materialise, Barcelona remain confident that they could seal a deal with the French side.

Barcelona are eager to include Philippe Coutinho in a deal to bring Neymarback to the Camp Nou in order to reduce the cost of a transfer that would cost more than 200 million euros.

That’s despite the fact that PSG would prefer payment strictly in cash.

Although Josep Maria Bartomeu didn’t participate in Tuesday’s meeting in Paris, he is expected to come across the PSG directors during the European Club Association’s conference in London on Thursday.

For now, though, those at the Camp Nou are at least less pessimistic than they were.

They believe they moved a little bit closer to signing Neymar thanks to Tuesday’s meeting.

Ousmane Dembele, a key factor in Neymar’s possible move to Barcelona

It’s no secret that Neymar is on the market this summer and Paris Saint-Germain have made it clear that the Brazilian is available to anyone who can come up with an attractive enough offer, one which could be possible thanks to Bayern Munich and Ousmane Dembele.

The ball is in Barcelona’s court, but it’s a move that is difficult on a financial level due to the fact that PSG spent over 220 million euros on Neymar just two years ago.

Recent days have seen a number of offers reported, with players like Philippe Coutinho, Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti reportedly offered as makeweights.

In truth, there has been no concrete offer from Barcelona, but they’re trying to find a solution that appeals to the Parisians and it seems as though Dembele is the key that can unlock the whole operation, and this is where Bayern Munichcome into play.

A lot has been said of Dembele featuring as a bargaining tool in exchange for the Brazilian, but this isn’t feasible.

PSG aren’t interested in the forward and he doesn’t have the best relationship with Tuchel.

But Bayern could open a door as they need a wide forward for next season and, while Leroy Sane was their priority, negotiations for the German have stalled and he is set to stay put in Manchester.

The Bavarian club have acknowledged that Dembele is one of the players they’re considering, but nothing has happened yet as the Catalans had declared him as untouchable.

That declaration came in a meeting with the player’s agent earlier this summer, but circumstances have changed and, with Neymar on offer, they’re willing to bend their stance to re-sign their former forward.

Coutinho and Malcom are others who could be moved on and there’s no doubting that Barcelona are happy to sell either for a reasonable fee.

As things stand, though, there’s nothing in progress other than smaller operations for Rafinha or Marc Cucurella.

While a number of players have been linked with exits, Dembele’s future is where the attention is focused as he holds the keys to Neymar’s future.

Neymar’s fate at PSG to be decided in few weeks

Paris Saint-Germain stunned the footballing world when they hinted that Neymar could leave the club this summer, yet despite the fact the Parisian club are asking for a monumental fee for the Brazilian, he is awaiting news on his future in the coming two or three weeks.

Barcelona have been the club closest linked to a summer move for their former star, although from an economic standpoint it seems like a difficult deal to complete after already signing Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann.

French newspaper, Le Parisien, has stated that Neymar’s entourage are hopeful of news about his future in two or three weeks.

Aside from this speculation, Neymar has now joined up with PSG’s squad for pre-season training and the club has already shared an image of him working with Kylian Mbappe.

Los Cules continue to search for a way in which they can structure a deal for Neymar, especially with the respective futures of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele unclear, yet this is likely to take a significant period of time.

UEFA to charge Neymar over negative referee comments

UEFA is looking into a case with Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain forward angrily reacted to his side’s Champions League elimination to Manchester United on Instagram.

Neymar criticized the refereeing performance of Damir Skomina, the Slovenian match official who awarded the English side a controversial penalty in stoppage-time.

Marcus Rashford converted the spot-kick to send United through on away goals.

“It’s a disgrace,” Neymar wrote on Instagram, coupled with a photo of the Presnel Kimpembe penalty incident.

“They even put four people who don’t understand football watching the incident in slow motion. This is unreal!” The Brazil international footballer continued.

“How can [Kimpembe] use his hand with his back [to the ball]?

“Ah fu*k off.”

UEFA have now opened disciplinary proceedings against Neymar for “insulting/molesting acts match officials”.The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed

After CL exit, Real Madrid and PSG may consider swapping Neymar and Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain’s latest Champions League failure could spark major departures.

For the second straight year, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have seen their hopes of challenging for Europe’s top club title dashed – and this latest continental disappointment is likely to boost Real Madrid’s chances of securing the services of either one or both of the stars.

Madrid pursued Neymar without success last year, and two summers ago offered Monaco as much as 235m euros in their attempts to sign Mbappé, 20, who finally opted for PSG.

Los Blancos are now planning a major overhaul at the end of the season, and both players [Neymar and Mbappe] are at the top of club president Florentino Pérez’s list of candidates to lead the LaLiga giants’ revamped side.

Neymar and Mbappé arrived at PSG in 2017 with the clear objective of helping the Ligue 1 club to their first ever Champions League triumph. The Parisians forked out a world-record 222m euros to buy the Brazilian from Barcelona, and paid a further 180m euros to snare the Frenchman, in a 400m-euro investment that has failed to steer the side beyond the competition’s last-16 stage.

With chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s project once again coming up short, it is thought PSG could well consider taking its first-team strategy in a new direction.

Both stars are open to future Madrid moves

In recent days, Neymar has openly flirted with Madrid, refusing to rule out a future move to the Bernabéu, and PSG’s Champions League exit to Manchester United might just make that happen sooner rather than later. “Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs in the world and any player would want to play there,” he said ahead of his side’s European elimination. “I’m happy in Paris, I’m really good, but nobody knows the future.”

Meanwhile, pulling on the white shirt one day is a dream of Mbappé’s. Wednesday’s defeat could see that become a reality ahead of schedule.

Mbappe ‘eyeing’ move to Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe, one of the world’s best players today, has said he’s enjoying life with Paris Saint-Germain but stressed that a transfer to Real Madrid may happen in the future.

Mbappe scored a hat-trick in PSG’s 9-0 drubbing of Guingamp and his jaw-dropping performance attracted reporters who struggled to gain audience after the match.

When asked about his future at the Parisian club, Mbappe said: ‘I’m excited with the proceedings so far…I love PSG and my contract stays until 2021…Now is not the time to think about playing somewhere else.’

However, the France international hinted that a contract with Real Madrid—in the future—would be another great achievement.

‘Like I said, I’m comfortable here in Paris, but in football—you never say ever…No one knows what the future holds.’

Mbbappe revealed that PSG are concentrating on reinforcing to compete favorably in the Champions League. ‘Our tactics, performance and result showed we played a completely different game today…We have found the missing links and the squad has a different spirit now.’