Neymar has not been removed from PSG squad, insists chief Leonardo

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‘He has not been removed from the group… Neymar’s injury is completely healed’: PSG chief Leonardo insists wantaway star has recovered from foot problem as Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to do battle for his signature

  • Neymar has not been removed from Paris Saint-Germain’s first team squad
  • PSG chief Leonardo has insisted he has just been working on fitness on his own 
  • The Brazilian desperately wants to leave for either Real Madrid or Barcelona
  • Leonardo said: ‘There are discussions for his future, but nothing is advanced’

Neymar has not been removed from the Paris Saint-Germain squad, according to the club’s sporting director Leonardo.

The Brazilian has been trying everything he can in effort to force a move away from PSG amid interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid.   

The PSG chief Leonardo claimed that talks over Neymar’s potential exit have progressed, but that they were still some way off of agreeing a deal.

PSG fans expressed their anger towards Neymar during their Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, chanting ‘son of a b*tch’ and holding banners telling the 27-year-old to ‘get out’ of the club. 

Reports had suggested that Neymar had been banished from PSG’s first team for his behaviour as he has not been training with the side, but Leonardo has insisted that is not the case. 

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‘It’s false. He has not been removed from the group,’ he told RMC. ‘He is following a personalised rehabilitation program. He is a Paris-Saint-Germain player, there are still three years left on his contract in Paris, we must not forget that.

‘We must analyse everything, we must fix everything before he can play again.

‘Things are simple, Neymar was monitored by several great doctors and surgeons early in the season and his fracture is fully consolidated on the fifth metatarsal. Neymar’s injury is completely healed.’

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have until September 2 to seal a deal for Neymar and Leonardo admitted he is unsure if the forward will leave the club this window.   

‘There are discussions for his future as you know it today but nothing advanced,’ he said.

‘Neymar made mistakes. You know, I didn’t know him. As the days go by, I get to know him. And I honestly think he’s a good boy with a very good background. And on the pitch, he’s an amazing player.’ 

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