After PSG’s first friendly match release, Thomas Tuchel was asked about Neymar and delivered his version of the show that has been stirring the club for several weeks now.
Last season, in the face of Antero Henrique’s silence and the weak presence of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, German coach Thomas Tuchel was alone to convey the club’s official position. He did not deprive himself of the opportunity to put cleats, barely disguised, on the team manager. Since Leonardo’s return, the coach had not yet had the opportunity to express himself and that must have pleased him, after having gone so far to the front. However, it was becoming interesting to hear his version of the Neymar series, which had begun since Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s sensational media release against the Brazilian.
After his team’s big win for the first game of the season, Thomas Tuchel showed up at a press conference and was invited to react to Neymar’s week-long delay in training first, before confiding in the timing of the various announcements. “I’m always disappointed if a player is late. But it’s clear between us, now it’s between the club and Ney. We work together. What if I knew he wanted to leave? Yes, before the Copa America. But it’s one thing between the club and Ney. If he’s in the locker room, he’s my player, I’ll work with him. I’m ready for anything. I have to adapt to all things. We must be flexible,” he said, relayed by RMC.
Neymar is well and truly expected in China
Thomas Tuchel explained that PSG knew that even before the end of the Ligue 1 season (since Neymar had returned to Brazil before the last match), his number 10 had decided to leave the club. This clarifies the sequence of the different episodes of the series. Thomas Tuchel has not yet said goodbye to Neymar, however.
Indeed, he is counting on him to participate in the next tour in China, which will take place from July 23 to August 3. “I think so, he came home yesterday. He’s doing a two-day test. It’s intensive but necessary. He is ready, in my opinion, for his return to China. The Brazilian will therefore be on deck during the summer tour, with a strong marketing impact. It must be said that at the moment, FC Barcelona, to which they wish to return, is far from having found a satisfactory solution for the PSG…