Watch Neymar train with PSG in China despite Barcelona transfer rumours

David Cooper 25/07/2019
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Paris Saint-Germain trained in Shenzhen on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the French Ligue 1 champions arrived in the city in the southern part of China.

Neymar joined the practice session – to the delight of local fans.

The Brazil star has been linked with a return to Barcelona, but former France midfielder Youri Djorkaeff, now a PSG club ambassador, played down the transfer talk.

“When you are a big player, when you are a star, it’s normal that everyday, clubs want to buy you,” he said.


PSG open their tour against Inter Milan on Saturday followed by a game against Sydney FC on July 30.








To finish, they face French Cup winners Rennes FC for the Trophee des Champions at the Shenzhen Universiade Stadium on August 3 before returning to France for the start of the Ligue 1 season.



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Lyon star Houssem Aouar eager to work under Man City boss Pep Guardiola

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Houssem Aouar.

Lyon midfield prospect Houssem Aouar admitted that he would love to play under Pep Guardiola.

The Frenchman has formed a promising duo with Tanguy Ndombele in Lyon’s midfield and it’s only a matter of time before one of them is snapped up by a bigger club.

Aouar praised Guardiola, who he claimed as his reference as a coach. The 20-year-old did not shy away from admitting that he would love to play under the Spaniard.

“You wouldn’t like to go to City?” Aouar responded when Canal Plus – as cited by Goal – asked him if he wanted to play for Manchester City.

“It is a great European club and all players have this urge to play for the biggest European clubs, which in addition is led by Guardiola, who for me is a reference as a coach.

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“Guardiola has seen everything before. It is extremely good to play his teams and that’s what I like, his way of seeing football.”

However, Aouar did honour his commitment to the club and maintained that making a mark at Lyon first is still the top priority.

“I’m still under contract with Lyon,” he added. “I would like to leave a mark on the history of this club.

“After this season there is a new direction, a new coach [Sylvinho]. We will have to sit down and discuss the role I can have. I’m ready to have a technical leadership role.

“I’m a technical leader in the field and especially as a leader in the locker room, so there we go, we will discuss and then we will make decisions with the club.”

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WATCH: PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe discusses potential move away from Paris

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Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe has hinted he could seek a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe was named at Sunday night’s UNFP (French Professional footballers Association) Awards as Ligue 1’s player of the season – but, during his acceptance speech, he said he wanted to be given “more responsibility”, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project”.

L’Equipe published a transcript of his speech online in which Mbappe said: “It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.

“I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.


“I hope that can perhaps be at Paris Saint-Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.”








Watch the clip above to hear what Mbappe had to say.



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