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‘I feel at home at PSG’: Neymar’s message amid contract talks


Neymar called Paris Saint-Germain his home after the team reached the Champions League semi-finals. The Brazilian is currently negotiating a contract extension.

“I don’t think this is even a topic any more; I obviously feel very comfortable, at home at PSG,” Neymar told TNT Sports Brazil after a 1-0 home defeat by Bayern Munich was enough to progress on away goals. “I feel happier than before.”

Neymar’s tone is very different from less than two years ago, when Barcelona officials were confident they would be able to bring the forward back to the Camp Nou.

Neymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for €222m in 2017. His first two seasons with the French champions were disappointing, with injuries forcing him to miss key matches.

Last season he boosted his profile in Paris after great performances that took PSG to the Champions League final, which ended in a 1-0 defeat by Bayern in Lisbon.

Neymar also talked about his raucous end-of-match celebration in front of Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich.

Neymar (right) and Leandro Paredes make their feelings known to Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich after Tuesday’s game.
Neymar (right) and Leandro Paredes make their feelings known to Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich after Tuesday’s game. Photograph: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“I wasn’t celebrating to provoke him,” the 29-year-old said. “I celebrated with Leo Paredes; he was in front of me. It was fate that Kimmich was also there. He said his team is better and they would go through. As if he was secured in the semi-final.”

Neymar hit the post and the bar from three clear opportunities on Tuesday, which made him promise Mauricio Pochettino he would be sharper in the next round, where PSG will face Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund. “I owe him a goal, regardless of the good match I played,” he said.



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