‘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 deal is due to expire in June 2022 and the PSG president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, said the forward and Kylian Mbappé, whose deal expires at the same time, had “no reason to leave”. He told Sky Sports: “I think that next year Neymar will be at Paris Saint-Germain and he will stay here for a long time.”

Neymar’s tone is very different from less than two years ago, when Barcelona officials were confident they would be able to bring him 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 important matches.

Last season he boosted his standing in Paris after fine performances that took PSG to the Champions League final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern in Lisbon.

Neymar also talked about his raucous end-of-match celebration in front of Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich on Tuesday. “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 prompted him to promise Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG manager, that 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.