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Explosive Report Suggests Neymar's Time At PSG Is Going Wrong Already

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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Remember Diego Torres? The Spanish journalist who wrote the infamous The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho detailing Mourinho's break down at Real Madrid?

Well, he's back with another explosive report, this time writing for El Pais about Neymar. According to the report, Neymar's time at PSG has already become deeply turbulent, with his arrival fracturing the PSG dressing room. The spark plug proved to be on the field eight days ago: Neymar squabbled with Cavani over who would take a penalty, and later had Dani Alves on his side to shield the ball from Cavani to allow his Brazilian teammate take a free-kick.

Amid multiple reports of 'Le Clash' in the French press, manager Unai Emery took control of the situation by, er, telling the two players to work it out for themselves. The El Pais report claims that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi offered Edison Cavani a one million euro bonus if he allowed Neymar to take all of the penalties. Cavani rejected the offer.

The report also claims that the dressing room is split, with Neymar surprised at the "hostility" he has faced thus far. This has been exacerbated by UEFA's warnings to PSG over Financial Fair Play. The rules stipulate that a club's expenditure cannot exceed their income by more than €30 million, and at the Champions League draw at Nyon, PSG were warned that failure to comply with the rules could result in "several years" of exclusion from the competition.


This reportedly led to panic in Paris, with a number of PSG stalwarts then told that they may be sold so PSG could comply with the rules with a late boost of income: Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier, and Thiago Silva were all reportedly told that they were in danger of being sold. Aurier joined Tottenham, while Matuidi has moved to Juventus.

Matuidi, "one of the leaders of the group" is reportedly upset that he was forced to make a transfer.

Neymar's arrival to PSG has indicated "contempt" toward the senior players according to Torres' report, with Cavani urging Neymar to respect the elder players in the squad and even Brazilians Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura believing that Neymar has an excessive amount of power at the club.


Neymar did not play for PSG at the weekend (he claimed he had a foot injury) as the club dropped points for the first time this season, drawing 0-0 with Montpellier.

The full story is here.

See Also: Kieran Gibbs' Departure Hurt Wenger More Than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Move




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