Neymar speaks on PSG future amid potential move to Barcelona

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Despite speculation surrounding his future, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has said that he is not willing to depart the club in the near future.

The Brazilian captain joined PSG in 2017 for a world record fee of €222m, but after two seasons with the French champions, he is been linked back to his former club.

In the summer, Barcelona were interested in bringing the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou, but the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement on his transfer and he remained at the Ligue 1 side.

Meanwhile, Neymar had been criticised and abused by PSG fans after his bid to engineer a move to Barcelona failed. Also, he has been insulted for his injury woes this season.

In an interview with ​France Football, Neymar said he is committed to his future in PSG, adding that his priority this season is the club and to win the Champions League.

The 27-year-old insisted that he will continue to give his all for the Ligue 1 champions and win more trophies for the club.

He said: “Why would I want to leave here?

“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.

“I never wanted to hurt anyone but my head said that if you’re not happy somewhere, you have to leave.”

Speaking further, the 27-year-old noted his football personality and his career decisions should not be mistaken for the person he really is.

He said: “Very few people know the real Neymar. Only my parents and my friends. What people see is something completely different. And they don’t see that much!

“The real Neymar is peaceful, and very happy. I am someone who likes to spend time with my family and my friends. I like to enjoy myself and savour every minute of life with those close to me.”

On the reason he left Barcelona, Neymar said him leaving the Spanish club had nothing to do with Lionel Messi.

“I left because I wanted new targets,” Neymar said.

“It had nothing to do with winning the Ballon d’Or or being on the same team as Messi.”He is an amazing player, the best I have ever seen playing.

“It is not surprising that he has six Ballon d’Ors, there should be a Ballon d’Or just for him. I will always love Messi.”

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