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Neymar to Barcelona: PSG chief responds to transfer talk after meeting in Brazil

Neymar joined PSG in a world-record £200m deal last summer after the Ligue 1 giants triggered his release clause at Barcelona.

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Neymar to Barcelona: PSG chief responds to transfer talk after meeting in Brazil

Neymar joined PSG in a world-record £200m deal last summer after the Ligue 1 giants triggered his release clause at Barcelona.

14 mart 2018 Wednesday 12:15
Neymar to Barcelona: PSG chief responds to transfer talk after meeting in Brazil

PARIS ST-GERMAIN president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has hit back at reports linking Neymar with a move away from the French club.

Neymar joined PSG in a world-record £200m deal last summer after the Ligue 1 giants triggered his release clause at Barcelona.

But the 27-year-old has already been linked with a big-money move after just one season in France.

Reports in Spain suggest he could be set for a return to Barcelona, while La Liga rivals Real Madrid are also said to be keen.

But after meeting Neymar in Brazil, where the player is recovering from a foot injury, Al-Khelaifi has played down speculation that he’s looking to leave.

Neymar is currently out of action with a foot injury

“He’s very happy at PSG, of course”

Nasser Al-Khelaifi

“He’s very happy at PSG, of course,” Al-Khelaifi told Sky Sports News in a telephone call from Santos.

“I was very happy to see him, and I am sure he will come soon for normal training.”

Neymar has scored 29 goals and provided 19 assists in his 30 appearances for PSG this season.

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But after undergoing surgery on his foot last month, he was ruled out of PSG’s crucial Champions League last-16 second leg with Real Madrid which they lost 5-2 on aggregate.

When quizzed on when Neymar will recover from his injury, Al-Khelaifi added: "I'm sure he will return soon."

There have been conflicting reports about whether the Brazilian forward actually wants to leave the French capital in the summer.

But one source close to Neymar told Sky Sports: “All the stories in the last couple of weeks, saying Neymar is unhappy at the club, are fake news stories.”

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Updated: 14.03.2018 18:01
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