Neymar signed for PSG with a record transfer fee of €222 million, and in his official announcement he made it clear money wasn’t the motive to join the Parisian. He said, “Paris Saint-Germain ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I’ll do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”
And, only three months after joining the PSG, Neymar feels unmotivated at the club. He is in feud with his club teammates, his relationship with the club manager Unai Emery has soured and he is not enjoying the quality of football Ligue 1 displays.
Daily Mail reports as Sport claims, “Neymar has little interest in playing for PSG outside of the Champions League, such is his disillusion with the level he has found himself playing against.”
Neymar didn’t play in PSG’s 5-0 weekend victory over Angers in order to keep himself fresh for the international duty. Emery told reporters before the game, “Neymar had a small blow to his muscle and didn’t feel well this morning. I spoke with the doctors and with him, and we decided it’s best if he stays in Paris.”
However, Neymar appeared perfectly fine in Brazil’s training on Tuesday before facing Japan in a friendly match which will take place on Friday. According to Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, Philippe Coutinho is his only concern for the upcoming friendly games against Japan and England.
The confusion created by Uni Emery statement and Rodrigo Lasmar claims only points to the difficult relationship between Neymar and PSG boss. There are reports that Neymar has no belief in his coach and his training methods, and he chooses to train himself differently as well.
PSG is four points clear at top of Ligue 1 and have dropped just four points all season. Neymar has scored seven goals and assisted six times with an ease in his eight Ligue 1 appearances and French domestic football has failed to motivate him to play against the lowly side. He is only motivated to play against the top sides like Lyon, Monaco and OGC Nice in domestic competition, but he is absolutely willing to give his all in Champions League.
Neymar arrived at PSG with a promise to deliver Uefa Champions League and club is on right track at the moment. PSG has thrived this season in Champions League scoring record 17 goals in four matches without conceding and Brazilian wants to make sure the journey continues in Europe’s elite competition.
With all the negativity surrounding Neymar, there are speculations that Real Madrid can approach the Brazilian as long term successor for Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is having trouble at front in scoring terms as he has found the net only one time in Spanish La Liga division, and Neymar could opt for Real Madrid replacing Ronaldo as main man.