‘I want to stay’: Neymar insists he has no intention of leaving PSG this summer, despite claims the French giants would be willing to cash in on the Brazilian star who has attracted interest from Chelsea and Man City
- Neymar has insisted that he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this summer
- Exit talk has been rife following the arrival of head coach Christophe Galtier
- Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked with moves for the Brazilian
- The winger struggled with injuries last season but states he has nothing to prove
Neymar has played down reports of a potential summer departure from Paris Saint-Germain by insisting that he wants to stay in the French capital.
There has been widespread speculation surrounding Neymar’s future at the Parc des Princes, after club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi refused to rule out the Brazilian’s exit.
Talk of a move to the Premier League has been rife in recent weeks, with both Chelsea and Manchester City linked with swoops for the 30-year-old this summer.
Neymar has insisted that he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this summer despite exit talk
However Neymar has stated his desire to remain in Paris ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Speaking after PSG’s pre-season 3-0 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds, the forward said: ‘I want to stay at PSG. I don’t know about the club, because they’ve never said anything to me.
‘I have a contract for several years here. There you go. For now, they’ve said nothing.’
There is uncertainty over Neymar’s future after the arrival of head coach Christophe Galtier
New boss Galtier has typically favoured a two-man front-line in his previous managerial roles
There is uncertainty over Neymar’s role in the Parisian’s side following the arrival of pragmatic head coach Christophe Galtier, with the former Lille boss typically favouring a two-man strike-force.
Yet the forward’s insistence on remaining in Paris may hint that he has been guaranteed game time after a tumultuous previous campaign.
The Brazilian was a peripheral figure in the PSG side last season due to injury issues and the 30-year-old made just 22 appearances in Ligue 1.
The Brazilian made just 22 appearances in Ligue 1 last season after numerous injury issues
Neymar was also booed by sections of his own fans following PSG’s dramatic exit in the Champions League last-16 against eventual winners Real Madrid last term.
However the Brazilian has claimed that he has nothing to prove next season. He said: ‘The truth is that I have nothing to prove to anyone. People speak too much because they can do nothing else.
‘They know me, they know how I am, how I play. I have nothing to show. I love playing football, I’m happy.’
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