Neymar ends Barcelona return speculation with declaration of loyalty to PSG

Robin Bairner
Neymar ends Barcelona return speculation with declaration of loyalty to PSG

Neymar has said that signing a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain is now inevitable, ending speculation that he could make a dramatic return to Barcelona.

Reports in Spain had suggested that the return of Joan Laporta as Barcelona president meant that the Camp Nou side were willing to take a run at signing Neymar.

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However, the message coming from France was one that a contract extension for the striker is simply a matter of time.

And now the player has moved to confirm that.

Asked by TNT about the status of his contract extension with PSG, Neymar replied: “It’s not even a subject anymore. It’s obvious that I am more comfortable than in the past at PSG. I feel at home now. I am happier than I was in the past.”

Neymar on Bayern Munich victory

Neymar ends Barcelona return speculation with declaration of loyalty to PSG

Neymar ends Barcelona return speculation with declaration of loyalty to PSG

Neymar was speaking after helping PSG qualify for the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a success over Bayern Munich on the away goals rule. They lost 1-0 on the night in Paris, with Neymar named man of the match, despite failing to get his name on the scoresheet.

He has, however, promised that will change.

“I didn’t get a goal but I warned the coach that I will score these goals in the semi-finals,” he said. “I’m very happy to have qualified anyway.

“This was the message we had to send. We did it last season, when we got to the final and had a good match against the best team in the tournament.

“Before the draw, I felt that we were going to face Bayern. I told my team-mates: ‘It’s good, no problems. We’ll prepare and we’ll qualify.’

“We needed this. We wanted to prove ourselves, that we could do it, that we could play as a team. We put a lot into the match. It was a great game.”

Neymar will lead his PSG side into the semi-finals, where they will face Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.