Neymar is not giving up on PSG’s Champions League dream yet, revealing he wants to stay in the French capital after ‘a lot has changed’ at the Ligue 1 side.
The Brazilian superstar had barely touched-down in Paris before talk began of a return to Barcelona, with reports of the winger’s unhappiness persisting throughout the four-and-a-half years since – particularly after each failure in Europe.
The mood appears to have changed this season. Mauricio Pochettino has replaced Thomas Tuchel in the dugout and PSG are intent on improving last year’s second-place in the Champions League, with Neymar scoring three in his last two games. o
‘I’m very happy here, I want to stay at PSG and I hope (Kylian) Mbappe wants to stay too,’ Neymar told TF1.
‘Of course, that’s the wish of all fans, we want PSG to be a great team and I want to keep doing what I do here, play football and be happy.
‘Today I’m very happy, I feel happy, a lot has changed, I can’t exactly say why, if it’s me or something else.’
With Barcelona out of the LaLiga title race, facing both financial ruin and the near-certainty of Lionel Messi following Luis Suarez out of the club, the Nou Camp will be looking a lot less attractive to Neymar.
His chances of bagging the second Champions League of a glittering career certainly look higher in Paris, but the Brazilian knows he’ll need Mbappe on-board.
Neymar’s turnaround will be music to Pochettino’s ears, especially if the winger can convince his World Cup winning team-mate to stay.
The 22-year-old Frenchman had several clashes with Tuchel, and the former Spurs boss’ appointment could already have aided PSG in re-signing the star