PSG have announced that Brazil forward Neymar did not report for pre-season training on Monday, and have said they will take appropriate action
Neymar faces disciplinary action from Paris Saint-Germain after failing to attend Mondays opening day of pre-season training, in what may be a significant move in his desire to force a return to Barcelona.
The 27-year-old joined PSG from Bara in a world-record 200m transfer during the summer of 2017. Yet despite winning Ligue 1 in each of his two seasons in the French capital, he has become unsettled. The noshow may be Neymars first public act in a bid to force PSG to sell him back.
A statement from the French champions said: On Monday 8 July Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was due to return to pre-season activities with the Paris Saint-Germain senior squad. Paris Saint-Germain notes that Neymar Jr was not in attendance at the agreed time and place. This was without the clubs prior authorisation. The club regrets this situation and will therefore take appropriate action.
Last week, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Bara president, confirmed the forwards wishes. We know Neymar wants to leave PSG, but we also know that PSG dont want him to leave.
Neymars relationship with PSG is already fragile due to a chequered disciplinary record. In May he was given a three-match ban by the French Football Federation for hitting a fan after PSGs French Cup final defeat to Rennes.
He is also suspended for the opening three group games of the next Champions League campaign for insulting match officials during PSGs home 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Parc des Princes in February that knocked them out at the last-16 stage.
Neymars discontent was deepened by the ankle injury he suffered last month that ruled him out of the Copa Amrica. Brazil claimed the trophy after a 12-year gap with a 3-1 win over Peru in Sundays final.
Neymars private life is also unsettled, with him facing an accusation of rape which he denies. In May the Brazilian model Najila Trindade claimed the incident occurred in Paris earlier that month after she flew from Brazil to meet him at a hotel.
Bara claim Neymar owes them 75m for breach of contract, while he wants 28.6m from the Catalan club for an unpaid signing-on bonus he believes is owed. Fifa, the world governing body, decided against intervening in the case in February 2018 yet it is still destined to be heard in a Spanish court.
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