Neymar appears to have confirmed his intention to remain with Paris Saint-Germain after tweeting a picture of him wearing the club’s kit for next season, accompanied with the message ‘Proud to wear the new jersey and to continue giving you joy’.
The Brazilian superstar signed for the Ligue 1 giants last summer in a world-record £222million move from Barcelona. After initially taking the French capital by storm, Nemyar has endured a difficult season, falling out with several of his high-profile teammates, rowing with outgoing manager Unai Emery and suffering an ankle injury which has ruled him out of action 25 February.
The 26-year-old, who now looks certain to have recovered in time to spearhead Brazil’s World Cup challenge, has been consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks with the Champions League finalists desperate to overhaul their squad in the close season. Neymar had done little to play down speculation until taking to social media on Saturday, offering PSG encouragement that he intends to stay beyond the summer.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has remained coy on Real Madrid’s interest in Neymar, but on Friday claimed he saw no issue with the forward forming a potential partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu. ‘Good players are always compatible,’ he said. ‘I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play with Djorkaeff. We won the World Cup together. ‘So good players can always play together. On the pitch there is a chemistry. ‘I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment. ‘I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after.’