Neymar likely to leave PSG for Real Madrid to be the best, says Rivaldo

David Cooper 23/04/2018
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Former Barcelona star Rivaldo claims Neymar will most likely leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid in his efforts to become the best player in the world.

The Brazilian legend believes his compatriot has all the ability he needs to win a Ballon d’Or but must return to a top club to realise his dream.

“I have already said that Neymar can be the best player in the world, but I think that if he stays at PSG he won’t achieve that,” Rivaldo told Globoesporte in an interview.

“He has to leave PSG. I’m ruling out Barcelona because of what happened there, and according to the information that I’ve heard from close people, I think he has a chance of going to Real Madrid, given all I have heard recently.

“And I think that he could indeed become the best in the world there.”

Neymar has consistently been linked with a move away from the French capital only a few months after he joined the Parisians from Barcelona last summer for a world-record fee of €222 million.

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PSG and Brazil striker Neymar says he is out of action until May 17

David Cooper 18/04/2018
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Brazilian superstar Neymar said Tuesday that he won’t be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following foot surgery.

“There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, I’m not sure, on May 17,” the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward told a press conference in Sao Paulo.

“I’ll be cleared to play. Then I’ll see, it depends on how things develop, it depends on my next exams…. It has not been decided,” he said.

The timing leaves the world’s most expensive footballer in a tight race to feature again for PSG with the freshly crowned French champion’s season ending on May 19 with a game against Caen.

However, his prospects for starring in Brazil’s much fancied side at the World Cup in Russia, which runs from June 14 to July 15, look much better. Brazil open their campaign on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov.

“I hope I won’t watch the World Cup on TV,” Neymar joked, calling the tournament a “dream”.

“I will have enough time to prepare,” he said. “It’s evolving well.”

With the enforced rest period the world’s most expensive player added, “I will arrive better than I was before.”

Neymar, 26, broke a bone in his right foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille, before returning to his home country for surgery and rehabilitation.

Brazil’s national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, performed surgery on March 3 and then estimated that Neymar would be out for “two-and-a-half to three months”.

In his absence, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the last 16 in March.

Brazil will also face Costa Rica and Serbia in their group, as they target winning a sixth World Cup, four years after the nightmare of their 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals on home soil in 2014.

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PSG star Neymar one month away from comeback after operation

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Neymar has told Brazilian television he still needs around a month to recover from a foot operation, as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar targets a return to full fitness in time for the World Cup.

“I need about a month, but it is healing well. Everything is happening normally,” Neymar, who has not played since breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot on February 25, told TV Globo.

Neymar’s comments were released as a short extract from a pre-recorded interview that will be broadcast on Saturday, and which may give a clearer picture of the former Barcelona forward’s state of fitness.

However, if he does come back in a month or so, it would leave sufficient time for the 26 year-old to be ready for Brazil’s opening game in Group E of the World Cup, against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17.

The world’s most expensive player suffered the injury in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille, before returning to his home country for surgery and rehabilitation.

In his absence, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the last 16 in March.

PSG coach Unai Emery said on Friday that neymar was “close” to returning to the club.

“When he gets here, he will want to play. Perhaps he’ll have time to play a few matches before the end of the season,” Emery said.

Neymar at a fundraiser ceremony.

Neymar at a fundraiser ceremony.

“We hope to have him in the team for some of our remaining matches.”

Without him, PSG will hope to wrap up the French title with a win at home to reigning champions Monaco on Sunday.

PSG are also still hoping to get to the final of the French Cup on May 8.

The last round of games in the Ligue 1 season are scheduled for May 19, but neymar faces a race against time to play any part.

“The speed of his recovery in the next 10 days will allow the right date to be set for a return to training without any restrictions,” was all PSG were willing to say in a statement.

Even if he is deemed fit again, it remains to be seen if he will want to take any risk before teaming up with the Brazilian national team to prepare for the World Cup.

Brazil will also face Costa Rica and Serbia in their group, as they target winning a sixth World Cup, four years after the nightmare of their 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals on home soil.

Provided by AFP Sport

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