It was a really difficult summer for Neymar as the Brazilian football star was not granted his wish to leave Paris Saint-Germain for a Barcelona return, in spite of his best efforts, and now an injury has complicated his future further.
The recent injury to the superstar has flared tensions between the two entities, his club, Paris Saint-Germain, and the football federation of his country, Brazil, particularly as Brazil’s fitness coach revealed his return date, bringing a sarcastic response from Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.
In spite of publicly making clear his desire to leave, and having had to suffer from terrible abuse from his own supporters, Leonardo is believed to have considered offering the player a new contract to smooth things over.
That is according to Le Parisien; however, the former Santos prodigy is missing four weeks through an injury suffered during the international break, continuing a rather concerning pattern since he arrived at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar has missed exactly half of Paris Saint-Germain’s matches since he signed for the club and has only played in one Champions League knockout match out of a possible four, exactly the competition he was signed to help win.
His current contract ends in June of 2022 and now it remains to be seen whether or not Paris Saint-Germain will back a player who has been wholly unreliable for them, especially at a time when Kylian Mbappe has surpassed him as the figurehead of the footballing project in Paris.
Le Parisien has reported that Paris Saint-Germain is also acutely aware of a rule within FIFA regulations that allows players under the age of 28 to move to a club in a different league through the breaking of his contract and the payment of compensation of around 60 million euros.
The Webster Ruling is not widely applied across football, but in theory, Neymar could buy out his own contract once there are only two years left on the agreed terms.