PSG ‘re­gret’ Ney­mar no-show at train­ing

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Ney­mar failed to show up for pre­sea­son train­ing with Paris Saint-ger­main on Mon­day with the club an­nounc­ing they would take “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

In a terse state­ment, the French cham­pi­ons noted, “On Mon­day July 8 Ney­mar da Silva San­tos Ju­nior was due to re­turn to pre­sea­son ac­tiv­i­ties with the Paris Saint-ger­main se­nior squad.

“Paris Saint-ger­main notes that Ney­mar Jr was not in at­ten­dance at the agreed time and place. This was with­out the club’s prior au­tho­riza­tion.

“The club re­grets this sit­u­a­tion and will there­fore take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

In Rio, Brazil­ian me­dia quoted Ney­mar’s fa­ther as say­ing that PSG “were aware” the striker would be ab­sent.

“Th rea­son was known and planned for a year as part of his ac­tiv­i­ties for the Ney­mar In­sti­tute [char­ity foun­da­tion],” said Ney­mar Se­nior.“we couldn’t post­pone them and he will re­turn [to PSG] on July 15.”

Ney­mar left Barcelona to join PSG for a world record fee of 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($252 mil­lion) in Au­gust 2017, but could make a sur­prise move back to Camp Nou this sum­mer.

Late Mon­day PSG’S sport­ing di­rec­tor Leonardo told the Parisien news­pa­per that “Ney­mar can leave PSG if there is an of­fer that suits ev­ery­body.”

Last week Barcelona’s vi­cepres­i­dent Jordi Car­doner told a press con­fer­ence, “What is cor­rect, at the cur­rent time, what I have read, what I have heard, which seems ex­act, is that Ney­mar wants to come back to Barcelona.”

And me­dia re­ports have in­di­cated that in­ter­me­di­aries be­tween PSG and Barca had ham­mered out the terms of a deal which would free the Brazil­ian star to re­turn to his for­mer club.

Span­ish sports news­pa­per Diario Sport claims a five-year con­tract has been agreed.

The news­pa­per said last week the terms in­clude Ney­mar re­duc­ing his salary from around 36 mil­lion eu­ros at PSG to the 24 mil­lion eu­ros he re­ceived at Barca in 2017.

The 27-year-old had spent four years at Camp Nou, win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League in 2015 and two La Liga ti­tles. He had formed a bril­liant at­tack­ing trio along­side Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Any re­turn for Ney­mar would likely re­quire Barca to raise funds through sales. Frenkie de Jong has al­ready signed for 75 mil­lion eu­ros from Ajax. An­toine Griez­mann is ex­pected to join from Atletico Madrid for 120 mil­lion eu­ros, al­though that deal has hit snags. [email protected] glob­al­times.com.cn

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