Ney­mar-PSG trans­fer saga doubts grow in Barcelona

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Con­fu­sion sur­round­ing the Ney­mar-Paris Saint-Ger­main trans­fer saga was rife in Barcelona yes­ter­day, with the player stay­ing silent on his fu­ture. “Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the head­line on the front page of Cata­lan daily Sport, above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought. Barca cen­tre-back Gerard Pique had sparked panic af­ter ap­pear­ing to back­track on his ‘he stays’ tweet about his team-mate. PSG are try­ing to lure the 25-year-old Brazil­ian to France and are ready to pay his 222-mil­lion-euro ($256.8 mil­lion) re­lease clause to make him the best-paid and most ex­pen­sive foot­baller on the planet. Last week Pique took to so­cial me­dia to say “he’s stay­ing”-but when pressed on the mat­ter Tues­day ahead of a pre-sea­son friendly in the United States against Manch­ester United he was less sure of him­self. “It’s a per­sonal opin­ion from the con­ver­sa­tion that I had with him and my in­tu­ition,” Pique said.

“But it’s not of­fi­cial,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s go­ing to stay or not.” Fans in the city were not too con­fi­dent about Ney­mar’s fu­ture and seemed to be fed up with the whole saga. “If you are of­fered dou­ble by an­other com­pany, then you will go,” said Sal­vador Pons, pres­i­dent of the Blau­grana fans’ as­so­ci­a­tion. “Even if your col­leagues say ‘no, don’t leave, don’t leave’. Even to France, which is not at the same level as the Span­ish Liga.” Ney­mar de­parted the MetLife sta­dium with­out ad­dress­ing re­porters af­ter scor­ing a brace in a 2-1 pre-sea­son friendly win over Ju­ven­tus in New Jersey on Satur­day.

“The sit­u­a­tion is erod­ing con­fi­dence at the club,” colum­nist To­mas An­dreu wrote in the news­pa­per Sport. “What re­ally hurts here is the si­lence of the player him­self, which in the end says a great deal.”

At the same press con­fer­ence where Pique spoke, Ar­gen­tine de­fender Javier Mascher­ano said he had told Ney­mar to care­fully weigh up the pros and cons. Mascher­ano added all the play­ers, in­clud­ing Messi, had spo­ken to the player to ask him to stay.

New PSG full-back Dani Alves, who took his com­pa­triot Ney­mar un­der his wing while at the Camp Nou, posted a mes­sage on In­sta­gram seem­ingly with a mes­sage for his for­mer team-mate. “What do you want to be? Where do you want to go? Where do you want it?” he wrote on Sun­day.

“All mat­ters de­pend on you never for­get­ting where you came from and who was by your side when you were some­one, but the world did not know who you were.” —AFP

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