After five years with Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar said on Saturday that he wants to stay and does not “need to prove” himself to anyone. The 30-year-old Brazilian said no one from PSG had approached him about his future, but he wants to stay in Paris with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. “I still want to stay here with the club,” Neymar said after PSG’s 3-0 win over Urawa Reds in the J-League on the club’s Japan tour.
“The club hasn’t said anything to me yet, so I’m not sure what their plans are for me.”
“I don’t need to prove myself to anyone; I just need to play football and be happy doing it,” he added.
After coming on as a substitute with Messi for the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s game, Neymar said he felt “fit.”
He stated that it was “too early to speak about” his thoughts on new PSG coach Christophe Galtier, who joined the club from Nice at the end of last season.
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Neymar “has been working well” in the preseason, according to Galtier, and “seems happy and very fit.”
“I don’t know what will happen in the near future when the transfer window closes,” Galtier said.
“We announce he’s leaving, we announce he’s staying — I haven’t discussed this with Ney. But he doesn’t seem to care what people say about him or his situation at the club.”
Mbappe scored as PSG won their second game in Japan against Urawa in front of a crowd of 61,000 in Saitama.
Mbappe was the only PSG player to remain in the starting lineup following Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale, and he scored from a tight angle in the 35th minute.
“Kylian Mbappe appears very happy to me, very fulfilled,” Galtier said.
“In his training sessions, he is very dynamic.”
PSG’s other two goals came from Pablo Sarabia and Arnaud Kalimuendo. They play Gamba Osaka in Osaka on Monday in the final game of their tour.
Warren Zaire-Emery, who is only 16 years and four months old, started alongside Marco Verratti in midfield.
“We had a difficult time getting into the game because the opposition was pressing us,” Galtier explained.
“As soon as we got into the game, we noticed some interesting things, even though we still have a long way to go in terms of conceding chances.”