Neymar said on Saturday that he wants to stay with Paris Saint-Germain and does not need to prove himself to anyone after five years with the French club. The 30-year-old Brazilian said no one at PSG had spoken to him about his future, but he wants to continue playing alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in the French capital. “I still want to be here with the club,” Neymar said after PSG’s 3-0 win over J-League side Urawa Reds on the club’s tour of Japan.
“So far the club hasn’t told me anything so I don’t know what their plans are for me.
“I don’t need to prove myself to anyone – I just need to play my football and be happy playing football,” he said.
Neymar said he felt “fit” after coming on as Messi’s substitute to play the last 30 minutes of Saturday’s game.
He said it was too early to talk about him about new coach Christophe Gaultier, who arrived at PSG from Nice at the end of last season.
Gaultier said Neymar is “doing a good job” in the pre-season and “looking happy and very fit”.
“What will happen in the near future when the transfer window closes, I don’t know,” Gaultier said.
“We announce that he is leaving, we announce that he is staying – I haven’t spoken to Ney about that. But he’s not worried about that about him and his position at the club. about what is said.”
Mbappe scored as PSG recorded two out of two wins on their Japanese tour against Urawa in front of a crowd of 61,000 in Saitama.
Mbappe was the only PSG player to remain in the starting line-up after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale and scored a well-rounded goal from a tight angle in the 35th minute.
“Kylan Mbappe looks to me very happy, very satisfied,” Gaultier said.
“He is very dynamic in his training sessions.”
Pablo Sarabia and Arnaud Kalimuendo scored two other goals for PSG, who play Gamba Osaka in Osaka on Monday in the final game of their tour.
Gaultier started Warren Zaire-Emery – aged just 16 years and four months – with Marco Verratti in midfield.
“We had trouble getting into the game because the opposition was putting pressure on us,” Gaultier said.
“As we got into the game, we saw some interesting things, even though we still have a lot to improve when it comes to giving chances.”
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