Neymar insists he has no intention of leaving PSG this summer


Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has played down reports that he will leave the French club this summer. 

Rumours linking the Brazilian with a move away from the club has been rife and intense this summer after club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi refused to rule out his exit.

There were talks of a move to the Premier League, with both Chelsea and Manchester City linked with swoops for the 30-year-old this summer. 

However, Neymar has come out to insist that he wants to remain at Parc des Princes ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Speaking after PSG’s pre-season 3-0 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds, the Brazilian said via Sportsmail

“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.”

The arrival of pragmatic head coach Christophe Galtier has also cast some doubt over the role of Neymar in the squad. The former Lille boss typically favours a two-man strike force and, on current form, it is Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe who are guaranteed starters in this PSG side.

However, Neymar is not worried about the prospect of having reduced game time. 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. 

He was also booed by sections of his fans following PSG’s dramatic exit in the Champions League last-16 against Real Madrid last season.

But he 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.”