This Tuesday, the president of PSG, Nasser Al Khelaïfi, gave an interview to Le Parisien in which he predicted a total change of strategy at PSG. “It’s the end of luxuries,” he acknowledged, in clear evidence that the signings of the Parisian team in the current summer market will not resemble, at all, those made a year ago, which culminated in the incorporation of Messi.
One of the main affected by the new direction that the current Ligue 1 champion’s project is taking is Neymar. When asked if the Brazilian can leave PSG in the summer, Al Khelaïfi did not confirm or deny if he is really affected by the new policy that the club has decided to assume: “We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win. And we want that mentality to spread throughout the club (…) What I can say is that we expect all the players to do much more than they did last season. Much more. Everyone has to be 100%. Obviously, we weren’t good enough to go far. For the next season, the objective is clear: to work every day at 200%”.
Nevertheless, These words from Al Khelaïfi do not pose a risk for Neymar. In fact, the Brazilian, according to The Teamhas a clause in his renewal from a year and a half ago until 2025 that automatically renews him, from July 1, until 2027 with the Parisians, which would further complicate his departure from the French capital in the summer. Ney has only between eyebrows to shine at PSG and the sale of him is a utopia at the moment.
The Brazilian, who was renewed a year and a half ago until 2025, is experiencing one of the most critical moments of his career in Paris. His continuous injuries and his lack of regularity have caused the Emir of Qatar to no longer consider him untouchable. As reported in France, If a satisfactory offer arrives for Neymar, PSG will not oppose his departure. The main problem to get him out of the French capital is his high salary. He is, after Mbappé and together with Messi, the best paid in the squad and, currently, there are very few teams that can undertake their record, if any.
PSG have already made it clear that the flagship of the project is Mbappé and not Neymar. If in 2017 the Brazilian star landed in Paris as one of the best players in the world, the tables have turned after the definitive explosion of Bondy’s talent. Ney’s importance in the team has been steadily declining and his president, Al-Khelaïfi, no longer dares to admit publicly that he is untouchable. It remains to be seen if there is a team in Europe willing to assume his exorbitant salary and run the risk of signing a player who has already reached thirty years of age and who has not been regular in his last year.