The father of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has this afternoon provided updates on both the Brazilian’s recovery from injury, and transfer links with former club Barcelona.
27-year-old attacker Neymar has been sidelined since late last month with a foot injury.
The world’s most-expensive player picked up the problem during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe De France victory over Strasbourg, with subsequent tests having revealed that Neymar had suffered a fresh injury to the same metatarsal bone in his right foot which was operated on last March.
As such, the former Barcelona man was ruled out of action for around 10 weeks.
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As a result, Neymar went on to miss his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford this past Tuesday.
The French champions did not exactly struggle without the services of their star man, though, eventually going on to secure a hugely-impressive 2-0 win in Manchester.
Nevertheless, Neymar’s father was this afternoon questioned on whether his son could hand PSG a further boost in their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, by returning to the pitch to face United in the tie’s return-leg on the 6th of March.
Neymar Sr., though, quickly shut down such a possibility.
Speaking in an interview with Telefoot, the Brazilian explained:
‘For now Neymar is injured.’
‘It’s complicated and it bothers those who love football and who like to see him play.’
‘The protocol is a minimum of 10 weeks. To come back against Manchester United is impossible.’
‘The future is in Paris’
Neymar’s father, who also acts as his agent, then went on to address the rumours that the PSG star could make a return to former club Barcelona in the summer, amid claims that Neymar himself had contacted the Blaugrana on a number of occasions, essentially begging for a move back to the Camp Nou:
‘He is very happy in Paris, apart from the injury. There are two people who speak for Neymar: he and I have not spoken at any time.’
‘Has anyone ever heard anything from us about a possible return to Barcelona?’
‘It’s impossible to leave a player like him out of the rumours. There was no call with Barcelona, it’s wrong.’
‘The present is in Paris, the future is in Paris. It’s hard to talk about the future because in football, it can change at any time.’