Verratti: I want Neymar to stay at PSG

first_imgMarco Verratti wants Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain amid reports the mercurial forward is set for an exit from the Ligue 1 champions.Neymar missed PSG’s 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday, with his move from the Parc des Princes – reportedly to either Barcelona or Real Madrid – seemingly getting closer.Thomas Tuchel’s side picked up a comfortable home win in their opening fixture thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Neymar was targeted by supporters during the match, who called for the 27-year-old to leave the club.Verratti, who played 90 minutes against Nimes, is eager for the Brazil international to remain with PSG.”I didn’t listen to that. Supporters can say what they think,” the midfielder told L’Equipe.”We are very close to Ney. He is a player who gave a lot to Paris. Last year, he scored in important moments.FULL TIME: First  points in the bag! #PSGNO#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/zmikMukT9l— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 11, 2019″As soon as he played, we only talked about him because he is an incredible player who excites everyone.”I think for him it’s good if things are clear, if he stays or if he leaves. These are things he will manage with the club, but I want him to stay.”Neymar has scored 51 goals in 58 games for PSG since joining the club from Barcelona for a world-record fee of €222 million ($249m, £207m) two years ago.However, his time at Parc des Princes has been blighted by injuries and disciplinary issues, with Mbappe taking centre stage for the French champions.PSG make the trip to Rennes in their second Ligue 1 game of the season on Sunday, before hosting Toulouse seven days later.last_img read more