'I'm not his father': PSG boss Thomas Tuchel unaware of Neymar's trip to Turin

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Neymar returned from injury last week.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said he was unaware of a midweek trip star player Neymar reportedly took to Italy just two days before the Coupe de France final.

Italian media reported Neymar was in Turin on Thursday to attend an event with Juventus winger Douglas Costa, the Brazilian’s friend and compatriot.

The 27-year-old returned from a three-month injury layoff last weekend during PSG’s title-clinching win over Monaco, coming off the bench in an appearance that could have been a warm-up ahead of being restored to the starting XI for Saturday’s final against Rennes.

“I do not know about it,” Tuchel told reporters on Friday, as quoted by Goal.

“I’m not his father, not the police, not a detective.

“I’m the head coach and he was at training yesterday and with us today. That’s it.”

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Neymar banned for three Champions League games over referee rant

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Neymar.

Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches next season by UEFA for his tirade against match officials after PSG’s controversial defeat to Manchester United.

Neymar missed the 3-1 Champions League last 16 second leg due to injury. But he later took to social media and lambasted the match officials. United were awarded a stoppage-time penalty at the Parc de Princes after it was decided that Diogo Dalot’s shot hit the arm of Presnel Kimpembe, with VAR’s assistance. Marcus Rashford scored to level 3-3 and send United through on away goals.

“It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV,” Neymar wrote in Portuguese on Instagram.

Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, the governing body said in a statement.

The 27-year-old will now miss half of PSG’s group stage matches in the Champions League next season.

According to reports, Neymar was so livid with the decision that he had to be stopped by PSG staff from entering the referee’s dressing room.

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Neymar hoping to return for Paris Saint-Germain in Coupe de France final

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Neymar hasn't played since January.

Neymar is hoping to make a return in time for Paris Saint-Germain‘s Coupe de France clash with Rennes later this month.

The PSG superstar suffered a broken foot in January and has not played since, missing the Parisians’ shock elimination from the Champions League following their round-of-16 loss to Manchester United in March, having missed the second leg of PSG’s defeat to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition last season because of a similar injury.

His absence has not hindered his club’s march to another league title, with PSG poised to wrap up a sixth Ligue 1 triumph in seven seasons, and second straight during Neymar’s tenure at the club.

And while winning the Champions League remains the ultimate goal for the French club, and a personal mission for Neymar as he looks to add to the winners’ medal he won in 2015 with Barcelona, helping his side win as many trophies as possible remains the Brazilian’s biggest motivation at the club, according to his father.

“He is very happy today to know that he is very close to finding [to the field],” Neymar Sr. told RMC Sport. “That’s where he feels most happy, and when he’s on the field his mood is very positive.

“The goal is to find the ground for this final of Coupe de France and win a new title with PSG. It is what matters most for him – to raise trophies to achieve his goals, this joy linked to victory.”

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