Brazilian superstar Neymar has today opened up on the rampant speculation surrounding his name, also weighing in on the prospect of lining out for Real Madrid.
The story surrounding the future of gifted attacker Neymar has been one of the talking points of the summer transfer window.
Neymar of course departed Barcelona for Ligue 1 giants PSG two summers ago, for a world-record 222 million euro fee.
To this point, however, the 27-year-old’s stint in France has proven somewhat underwhelming.
All told, Neymar has directly contributed to a frankly-staggering 80 goals across 58 appearances in PSG’s colours.
However, while the Santos youth product has absolutely dazzled when fit and firing at the Parc des Princes, a pair of long-term injury problems have seen the 27-year-old confined to the sidelines when PSG have needed him most in each of his two seasons in Paris.
In addition, rumours of dressing room unrest have been rampant, with PSG’s shock collapse at the hands of Manchester United in the Champions League’s last-16 back in March having no doubt seen Thomas Tuchel’s fractious, ego-rampant squad pushed further apart.
Such problems, meanwhile have since led to mounting speculation in the media over recent weeks, suggesting that Neymar could depart the Parc des Princes this summer.
The outfit most-persistently touted as a potential destination, meanwhile, have been the South American’s former club Barcelona.
The Blaugrana have already added Antoine Griezmann to Ernesto Valverde’s talent-filled attacking ranks this summer, but widespread reports in Spain suggest that a Neymar return could nevertheless be on the cards.
🚨 [Cat Radio] | BREAKING | FC Barcelona’s board have made a decision: they want to bring BOTH of Neymar Jr and Griezmann to the Camp Nou this summer 🙏 pic.twitter.com/V09rH6dMy8
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) June 23, 2019
PSG, meanwhile, added fuel to the fire two weeks ago, after releasing a statement ‘deploring’ their star man for his failure to report for pre-season training on time:
Communiqué du club – Neymar Jr 📍
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) July 8, 2019
‘I’m not saying I’m going to play at Real Madrid!’
Neymar himself, though, has today moved to provide some much-needed clarity regarding his plans for the future.
Speaking in an extensive interview with Brazilian outlet GloboEsporte, the 27-year-old opened up on links with both Real Madrid and Barcelona, even admitting that ‘any player would like to wear the shirt’ of the former.
Crucially, though, Neymar also went on to confirm that his sole focus remains current club PSG, adding that he ‘only has eyes for Paris’:
‘Feel like playing at Real Madrid? Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Any player Real Madrid came after would be drawn to playing there. Today I feel very happy here in Paris, I’m very well here, it’s something … But the future nobody knows.’
‘For God’s sake, I’m not saying I’m going to play at Real Madrid, calm down! I’m not saying that! Real Madrid is a very big club, any quality player would like to wear the Real Madrid shirt.’
‘My dream that I realized and everyone knows, my goal was to play at Barcelona. My dream has always been this, something I’ve said since I was a little boy and managed to achieve it. I am fulfilled.
‘Football player life is very fast, things happen at unexpected times, no one knows tomorrow. Nowadays I am very happy here, if I talk about today, I only have eyes for Paris. I’m not attracted to anyone else, I don’t want to leave Paris, but things happen very fast. In three months, nobody knows what can happen.’