A press conference as part of Neymar’s commitment with the Brazil national team allowed player and manager to address the story.
Reports that Neymar, who joined Paris Saint Germain in the summer from Barcelona for a world record €222m fee, is falling out with all and sundry at the French club have dogged him since his arrival in August.
First, a dispute seemingly arose with established striker Edinson Cavani, regarding who would take penalty kicks.
Though the on-field tension was clear to see, reports then emerged of a near-brawl in the dressing room, with PSG president Unai Emery said to have offered Cavani a large sum of money to allow Neymar to fulfil penalty duties.
Further claims made state that the Brazilian is generally unhappy at the club, and already misses Barcelona for its location and his former teammates.
The Brazilian reporter who broke the Neymar to PSG story says the player now regrets leaving Barcelona. He is far from his son, and other players at PSG are unhappy with his privileges at the club, creating tension in the dressing room, reports @marcelobechler https://t.co/47EfMnlhXq
— Andrew Downie (@adowniebrazil) November 10, 2017
After Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan today, Neymar and Brazil manager Tite spoke to the press concerning the matter. The 25-year-old strongly refuted the stories circulating.
“I want to ask you to stop creating stories which are not true,” Neymar told the press as translated by Sport.
“I want to say what I think. I’m totally realistic and what I don’t like is these false stories about me, there is nothing bothering me at my club. I’m here because I asked to be here. It’s going really well (in Paris), I’m really happy here and motivated. I’m a player who wants to give everything on the pitch.
“What bothers me is everyone creating stories about me, with my coach and with Cavani. These things are not real, it’s not true.”
It was Tite’s impassioned defence of Neymar that saw the emotion really get to the forward.
“We have been working together for a year and a half, and I’m tired of hearing that Tite has problems with Neymar,” Tite said per MARCA.
“We are not perfect, we are human beings and sometimes we react in the wrong way. It happened to me in my career, is it wrong? There are a number of circumstances to take into account and we must be careful not to generalise. We should be talking about the character, the nature and the great heart that Neymar has.”