The Brazilian’s new deal is probably going to extend speculation on whether he is going to be joined in Paris by former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi
Neymar is ironing out the ultimate details of a replacement four-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, Goal can confirm, with both player and club in advanced negotiations to stay the Brazilian within Paris until the summer of 2026.
The 28-year-old’s future has been up within the air for a few times, with a return to Barcelona having been mooted before the financial effects of the coronavirus made it impossible for the Camp Nou club to pursue a deal for the previous Blaugrana favorite.
Speculation was curbed somewhat recently when Neymar claimed that he’s now happy at his current club, while also admitting that he hopes an agreement is often found to stay fellow superstar Kylian Mbappe at the Parc des Princes.
“I am happy today. I’m truly happy,” he said in an interview with TF1. “Things have changed tons. I can’t exactly explain why. But today, I’m feeling good. I even have adapted. I’m calmer and that I am happier. I would like to remain at PSG.
“I also want Kylian to remain. we would like PSG to be an excellent team. I would like to still play football and be happy, that’s the foremost important thing. With Kylian, we have got a relationship like brothers. I’m the eldest. we actually wish to play together.
“I want to urge the simplest out of him. He’s a wonderful boy. I call him ‘Golden Boy’ because he’s really golden. He features a huge heart. As a footballer, you recognize what he’s worth, but compensate the pitch, he’s amazing.
“He is smiling, happy, he knows the way to celebrate. We are very similar and that we need to be happy to be one hundred pc .”
Reports have suggested Neymar’s extension is going to be finalized shortly and will be announced as official within the week.
News that the Brazil icon will remain with the Ligue 1 champions is probably going to present further speculation on whether Barcelona great Lionel Messi will prefer to join his old flame at Parc des Princes, with Argentina liberal to leave Camp Nou at the top of the season.
There had been hopes that a change of guard at boardroom level would appease the club captain and see him land up to his career at Catalunya, but it appears to be becoming increasingly unlikely that Barca is going to be ready to convince him to remain.