Neymar intends to continue playing alongside Lionel Messi in Paris. (Photo: Yoan Valat / EFE / EPA)
While Paris Saint-Germain tries more or less discreetly to find a way out, Neymar wants nothing to do with abandoning the French capital. For now, this Friday, without waiting even a day, executed a clause that included his contract and extended his bond for another year, which will run until June 30, 2027.
No one knows for sure if the Brazilian will be able to stay another five years in Paris, but his intention is clear: to remain linked to an institution that pays him 30 million euros net a year. So, as the sports newspaper reveals L’EquipeFriday said the right of unilateral extension which had been included in his bond when the relationship between the player and the management was much more virtuous these days.
On 8 May 2021, just four days after Manchester City’s elimination in the Champions League semifinal, the PSG management chose the three-year extension (until June 2025) as a signal to ratify the course of their project. of Neymar’s contract, who arrived at the club from Barcelona in August 2017 and in exchange for 222 million euros.
When that extension was negotiated, a clause was included that was granted ney the unilateral power to obtain another two annual extensions. The first could be activated from 1 July of that year and the footballer made it effective then. The second could be executed this Friday and he too has taken advantage of it.
Neymar arrived in Paris in August 2017. Now Nasser Al-Khelaifi is looking for a way out for him (Photo: Michel Euler / AP)
According to what was stated by L’Equipefrom the Neymar environment this renewal was celebrated. “Now he will be the protagonist of one of the best seasons of his career”, assured a close friend of the player quoted by the newspaper. Last season he was far from those lights that are now predicted: he played 28 games, scored 13 goals, gave 8 assists and missed more than 20 games due to various injuries.
The 30-year-old Brazilian star’s decision to extend his bond came just three days after the French press revealed that PSG had told him they didn’t have him in their plans for the new project that will no longer have Mauricio Pochettino as a driver, but to former Nice coach Christophe Galtier.
Last week, club president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi made it clear that there would be major squad changes and targeted the team’s main stars, although he avoided naming names. “We don’t want flashy, bling-bling anymore. It’s the end of the splendor “warned in an interview published by the newspaper The Parisians.
We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win. We have to be humble again. Those who want to remain in their comfort zone, who do not want to fight, will remain on the sidelines “, warned the leader.
Neymar missed more than 20 games due to injuries last season. (Photo: Christian Hartmann / Reuters)
For now, and beyond Al-Khelaïfi’s barely concealed darts, Neymar continues to be part of the squad and is expected to join the group in 10 days to play the preseason. In any case, the doors for his departure are wide open if someone makes an offer that convinces the player.
In the storm of rumors that accompanies every European market, England’s Chelsea have been singled out as a possible destination. His coach, German Thomas Tuchel, headed PSG between May 2018 and December 2020, and he knows it very well. ney.