Former PSG forward Nene says Neymar was “stressed” due to his argument with Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain, but says patience will help the youngster put every piece of the French puzzle together
The former PSG star even admitted that he helped persuade Neymar to move to France, in fact he is convinced the 25-year-old made the right call, when he decided to leave Barcelona over the summer for a record-breaking transfer fee of €222 million.
Big things were expected of him in Ligue 1, and Neymar has impressed while netting 15 times in 18 appearances, GOAL reports. Despite his performances on the pitch, the former Barca player had a falling-out with his team-mate Edinson Cavani in September, and Nene says that misunderstanding didn’t make Neymar’s settling-in easier.
“Neymar has never told me that he is disappointed by the treatment he receives in France – he has never said anything like that to me. For sure, he perhaps expected a few things to be easier than they are in reality, but this is football — we cannot predict everything,” the former PSG attacker told RMC Sport.
“Everybody in his entourage knew that he was going to need to adapt. After all, it is a new challenge. At the start, patience is required. Of course, there have been a few moments that have been less than enjoyable.”
Nene was also asked whether the Cavani incident had impacted Neymar in a negative way, and he added: “Yes, perhaps he was a little stressed because of that.”
The 36-year-old Brazilian spent 3 years at PSG between 2010 and 2013, and helped convincing Neymar about a transfer to France being the best for him, praising the French club.
“I gave him my opinion. I explained to him about the city, the club and the infrastructure. I told him that he would have nothing to regret in leaving Barcelona,” Nene added.