Report: Neymar told teammates he won’t return to PSG next season

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Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain has seemed in doubt for some time, which in theory seems odd given the fact that the Brazilian has been in the French capital for less than 10 months.

Rumors of another massive move have loomed for months, particularly after PSG crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16 to Real Madrid — which just so happened to be when Neymar went down with an injury.

Despite having recently returned to training with the incumbent Ligue 1 champions and posting to social media on Saturday in next season’s PSG kit, a return to the Parc des Princes in 2018/19 seems to be more and more unlikely for Neymar.

Spanish outlet AS has reported that Neymar already informed his PSG teammates that he won’t return to the club after this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Neymar hasn’t played a match since going down with an ankle and foot injury in February, which required surgery for the superstar attacker.

Some have suggested that Neymar will suit up in next week’s Ligue 1 finale against Caen, although with the Brazilian having been sidelined for so long it is quite possible that the club won’t want to take any risks on the player’s health.

Real Madrid has long been considered the favorite to sign Neymar, in the event that he does depart the club, however, a return to Barcelona could very much be in the cards.

In theory, it would be quite crowded up front for the Blaugrana, who currently boast Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, but it would surely be difficult to turn down another quality addition in the attacking third.

Any club that pursues the Brazilian would have to open up its check book though, and likely set a new world-record transfer fee for the player that commanded over $265 million last summer in his move from the Camp Nou.