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New PSG boss delivers verdict on Neymar's future

New PSG boss delivers verdict on Neymar's future as exit rumors intensify

July 5, 2022 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The newly appointed head coach of the Ligue 1 side has outlined his plan for the Brazilian superstar.

New Paris Saint-Germain boss Christopher Galtier has hinted at the possibility of having Neymar Jr at the club for the forseable future. The 55-year-old French coach has expressed his desire to work with the Brazilian superstar amid reports that the club is aiming to cut ties with him.

A new era kicked off at PSG on Tuesday after Galtier was unveiled as the new manager of the club after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino was confirmed. The former joined the Ligue 1 champions on a two-year contract having guided Nice to a runners-up finish in the French Cup and fifth place in Ligue 1 and leading Lille to the league title in the last two seasons.

During his first encounter with the media, he was asked a host of questions about his ambitions and his approach to the role. Among the questions was his expectations for Neymar Jr who future has been in doubt in recent weeks. The 30-year-old forward has been tipped for a move away from the French capital and Premier League giants Chelsea have been listed among his likely destinations.

Speaking to French outlet RMC Sport about the world's most-expensive signing, the new PSG manager said: "Which coach would not like to have a player like him in his team? I have a very precise idea of what I will expect from Neymar. "I will meet him, listen, but I want him to stay with us."

In retrospect, the words of Galtier's appear to contradict the sentiments of the PSG hierarchy. Back in June, the club's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi cast doubt over Neymar's future by failing to confirm that the player will be involved in the upcoming project in a series of interviews. "We can't talk about it in the media, some will come and some will go, but these are private negotiations," he once declared in an interview with L'Equipe.

"We want young, talented, committed players with a winning mentality, people who want to die for this badge. "We want to be stronger collectively, to play as a team and for the club to be above all."

At the moment it remains unclear whether Neymar will be allowed to leave the club. Chelsea are said to be keenly monitoring the player's situation but are yet to make an official move for him.

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