Neymar has insisted that he will continue to give his all for Paris Saint-Germain, despite more than a year of speculation surrounding his future.
PSG signed Neymar in 2017 for a world record fee of €222m, but after two seasons with the French champions, punctuated by multiple injuries, both Neymar and his new club appeared happy to let their partnership end early in the summer – for the right club, and the right fee.
Despite a late start to the season, and abuse from his own fans, Neymar has pledged his future to les Parisiens, at least in the short term.
“Why would you want to leave here,” he laughed. “I still have two years on my contract, the team continues to progress. We have to stay focused on this season to do things well and win as many titles as possible.
“This season, the goal is the Champions League, and my priority is PSG, with maximum involvement each week. The goal is to always win the next game. In each game, we have to push for the club. That’s how I see it,” the 27-year-old insisted in an interview with France Football.
On the rumours of a move away from France last summer, Neymar maintained: “I never wanted to hurt anyone but my head said that if you’re not happy somewhere, you have to leave.”
Neymar’s former teammate Lionel Messi reinforced the Brazilian’s desire to return to Barcelona in an interview with Sport after the close of the summer transfer window.
The Argentine said at the time: “I would have loved to have Neymar back,” adding “I know that I spoke with ‘Ney’ and he told me how things were going. He was desperate to come back.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner hinted that Barcelona may not have been completely invested in the transfer, admitting: “I don’t know if the club really tried or not. What I do know, Neymar was hoping it would happen.”