Normally, a player would have requested a pay rise especially if he is part of the mainstay in a team, but the contract talks for Neymar is not involving a pay rise. According to sources, the Brazilian only wants to play for the club now.
This is after his failed return to Barcelona in the summer of 2019, making some fans to label him a betrayal. With that now aside, Neymar, who led the Ligue 1 giant to the UEFA Champions League last season seems to have form understanding with all his teammates, especially Kylian Mbappe as they usually hang out together.
ESPN reports that the Brazil international is happy to remain on his existing terms, which is €32 million gross per year. He is in line to sign for another five years. All he want before putting pen to the dotted lines are assurance from the PSG sporting director Leonardo about the club’s plans on the field.
Both parties are therefore optimistic a deal can be agreed.
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However, sources said that the negotiations with Neymar appear to be more advanced than Leonardo said.
Having made it clear to Leonardo that he wants to play for the club for further years after 2022 that his current deal expires, PSG is now looking for ways to commit Mbappe as well as his future remains uncertain.
The French striker has an ambition of playing for Real Madrid. He has never hidden this from day one. But Mbappe wants to win the Champions League for the Ligue 1 giant before moving as stated in a recent interview.
It remains unknown if Real Madrid and Liverpool, who are his long-term admirers culd wait till that time as they might make moves for the France international this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal in Paris.
This is a big concern for Neymar due to his close relationship with Mbappe both on and off the pitch. The 28-year-old wants his young teammate to stay put, which he has communicated with Leonardo about that.
Since his failed moved to Barcelona in summer 2019 occurred, the relationship between Neymar and the club has gone from strength to strength.
He later won the fans over after that summer with his performances on the pitch, leading the club to the first Champions League final in its history in August, which they lost against Bayern Munich.