Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is already regretting quitting Barcelona in the summer, according to La Porteria on Beteve.
The Brazilian told those close to him at the weekend that he made a mistake leaving the Catalan club for PSG. Life in France is not how he expected. Unai Emery’s methods, his new coach, are also not to his taste.
His controversial exit from Barcelona in the summer saw him end up in Paris when the Ligue 1 club paid his 222 million euros buyout clause, but it seems things have quickly gone sour for the Brazilian.
According to La Porteria, Neymar regrets the switch and is missing the life he had in Barcelona.
The same source hinted that the Brazil international, who has had problems in the PSG dressing room with other big players in the team, is also not enjoying Emery’s approach. His friends (the Toiss) and family are also not especially happy in Paris, a city which is different to Barcelona.
In another development, Neymar’s fellow countryman Leonardo, who worked as PSG’s sporting director between 2011 and 2013, claims the Ligue 1 giants had expressed a strong interest in Neymar while he was still on the books at Santos.
He told Canal Plus: “We spoke with Neymar in 2011. He was already someone that we saw getting to the level that he is at today, but the plan was for him to stay in Brazil until 2014.”
Neymar eventually left his homeland for Barca in 2013, forcing PSG to be patient in their pursuit of the Brazilian. Leonardo is delighted to now see him in France, but has also been quick to point out that no player can be allowed to grow bigger than the club.
He added: “It’s great because we’re talking about a charismatic player, a very good player and one who is a bit of a movie star. Managing all of that is very important. The club must remain the strongest regardless of whether you are dealing with Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo. The club must be respected as an institution and it is the club who will guide the project, not Neymar.”