Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has dismissed claims that Neymar has been removed from the club following transfer speculations.
The Brazilian missed his team’s Ligue 1 opener last season and has not trained with the team. This gave birth to rumours suggesting that he has been banished from the club. But Leonardo refuted these claims and revealed that Neymar is following a personalised rehabilitation programme and will be integrated into the squad only after he is completely fit.
“It’s false. He has not been removed from the group,” he told RMC. “He is following a personalised rehabilitation program. He is a Paris-Saint-Germain player, there are still three years left on his contract in Paris, we must not forget that.
“We must analyse everything, we must fix everything before he can play again.
“Things are simple, Neymar was monitored by several great doctors and surgeons early in the season and his fracture is fully consolidated on the fifth metatarsal. Neymar’s injury is completely healed.”
The sporting director admitted that the club is negotiating with other clubs but did not rule out the possibility of Neymar staying at the club.
“There are discussions for his future as you know it today but nothing advanced,” he said.
“Neymar made mistakes. You know, I didn’t know him. As the days go by, I get to know him. And I honestly think he’s a good boy with a very good background. And on the pitch, he’s an amazing player.”
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