Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian ahead Neymar celebrates after he scores his crew’s third objective through the UEFA Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 2, 2020. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Neymar dropped a bombshell on Wednesday as he adopted up scoring twice for Paris Saint-Germain of their 3-1 Champions League win over Manchester United by revealing his need to reunite with Lionel Messi subsequent season.
The Brazilian loved 4 profitable seasons alongside the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at Barcelona earlier than making a world file 222 million euro ($264m) transfer to the French capital in 2017.
“It’s what I most want, to enjoy being with him on the field again,” Neymar, whose contract at PSG runs till 2022, instructed ESPN.
“I want to play with him for sure, next year we have to do it.”
Neymar was closely linked with a return to Barcelona in 2019, however the Catalan giants have been unable to fund an appropriate provide for PSG.
Barca have needed to agree wage cuts value 122 million euros in gamers’ salaries this season to assist offset the monetary gap left by the coronavirus pandemic and are extremely unlikely to be able to deliver Neymar again subsequent yr.
Instead, it’s Messi who might be on the transfer because the Argentine is out of contract on the finish of the season and publicly expressed his need to depart in August.
Then Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu wouldn’t free Messi from the ultimate yr of his deal on the Camp Nou, however Bartomeu has since resigned with new presidential elections scheduled for January 24.
Manchester City have been the favourites to land Messi’s signature earlier this yr, however PSG might be an alternate for a participant who will flip 34 on the finish of this season.
“He can play in my position, there is no problem,” Neymar joked. “Take me out.”
Neymar’s partnership with Kylian Mbappe is but to ship PSG’s first ever Champions League title, however the French champions ought to have one other shot on this season’s knockout phases after a significant victory in Manchester.
Thomas Tuchel’s males at the moment are stage on factors with United and RB Leipzig with one recreation in Group H to come back.
But PSG are within the driving seat as they host already-eliminated Istanbul Basaksehir subsequent week, whereas United journey to Germany needing some extent to succeed in the final 16.