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After receiving much criticism, Neymar reinvents himself at PSG and returns to presenting good football

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After an uneven performance and a troubled off-field life, Paris Saint-Germain were ready to negotiate Neymar in the last transfer window, but the Brazilian managed to reinvent himself with a great start to the season.

Less than a month ago, the forward’s future was uncertain in Paris. The new football managers PSGdirector Luis Campos and coach Christophe Galtier, wanted a fresh start to end the Pochettino era and were looking for a way out for shirt 10.

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Multiple injuries, training delays and minimal sporting commitment had one result: the moment club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi decreed an end to excesses, complaints mounted about Neymar, who seemed to be the sole motive of all. team failures. Since then, however, the Brazilian has managed to conquer everyone and now no one regrets his stay in Paris.

The start of Neymar’s season at PSG

Although his departure was mainly held back due to his astronomical salary of 4 million euros a month, it was on the pitch that Neymar regained his credit with the PSG board. With ten goals and seven assists in nine games across all competitions, the 30-year-old forward is levitating, establishing himself as the team’s most effective player.

In any case, the former ‘boy from the village’ never thought of leaving Paris in a hasty way, contrary to his wish in 2019. With a contract renewed from last year until 2025, Neymar activated on two occasions a clause that allows him to extend his link with PSG for two more seasons, until 2027.

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In addition to the financial aspect, the perspective of world Cup 2022, in theory his last chance to be world champion for the national team, is linked to his sudden desire for stability and his change of profile in the sporting aspect.

According to PSG, Neymar resumed training on July 5, a week before the initially scheduled date. Effective, serious and hardworking, he took every opportunity to stay in shape until the Qatar Cup.

“There is an awareness of last season, in which it was less effective, less present”, explains Galtier. “He has very high goals and evidently this season is unique. He arrived prepared, in shape. I think he worked well beforehand, and together with my commission I decided to put him in the best conditions to be as effective as possible. season, it’s because he’s serious and focused on his work. I already knew he’s a great player, now I find out that he’s a great professional”, added the coach.

Controversies with Mbappé

The superstar’s ego was also teased by Kylian Mbappé’s growing weight at PSG. With his contract renewed until 2025, the French striker became a protagonist at the club, putting Neymar in a secondary role. A move felt by the Brazilian, who was hired in 2017 for the record amount of 220 million euros, around R$ 1.1 billion.

The relationship between the two players became shaky, as seen in the game against Montpellier, when Neymar got ahead of Mbappé to take a penalty, before ‘likes’ negative messages about the Frenchman on Twitter. The Brazilian also didn’t like it when the young Frenchman preferred to finish instead of making a pass that would leave him in front of the goal against the Juventus for the Champions League.

“We have always had a relationship based on respect,” said the Frenchman. “There were colder moments, warmer moments. There are periods when we are the best friends in the world and others when we talk less. When you have players with strong personalities, life is not linear, but respect for PSG’s interests has always been maintained,” said Mbappé.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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