Neymar officially gets missing at PSG

Neymar officially gets missing at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar has not returned to the French capital for pre-season training, amid intense speculation he is looking to leave the club.

"Paris Saint-Germain notes that Neymar Jr was not in attendance at the agreed time and place", the statement read. This was without the club's prior authorisation.

In a statement, the capital club confirmed a meeting had taken place, at Barca's behest, on Thursday to discuss a deal to sign World Cup victor Griezmann, who has a release clause of €120 million (RM496 million) in his contract.

But Bartomeu said there was no prospect of the Brazilian rejoining the club he left in a world-record 222-million-euro transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. "PSG are aware and take part in the Institute's activities". However, his relationship with the Ligue 1 outfit seems to have soured, with chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi's warning that "celebrity behavior" would no longer be tolerated at the Parc des Princes widely believed to be a not-so-subtle jab at the Brazilian global.

The report adds that PSG are normally tough when negotiating for players who want to leave the club, so his request doesn't make his departure any easier.

"Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid." the statement said.

The 27-year-old had spent four years at Camp Nou, winning the Champions League in 2015 and two La Liga titles.

Any return for Neymar would likely require Barca to raise funds through sales.

But Barcelona want to sign the 28-year-old World Cup victor without activating the clause.

On Sunday, Griezmann failed to show up for pre-season at Atletico and the Spanish club, like PSG, threatened to punish their star striker.

He is also suspended for the opening three group games of the next Champions League campaign for "insulting match officials" during PSG's home 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Parc des Princes in February that knocked them out at the last-16 stage.

"The players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before", Al-Khelaifi told France Football.

Neymar was in Brazil over the weekend to watching his beloved national team beat Peru in the final of the Copa America.

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