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Kaka: Neymar can lead PSG to Champions League glory

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Kaka believes Neymar staying at Paris Saint-Germain could be a good thing as he can be the leader who leads the club to their first-ever Champions League title.

Neymar’s prolonged transfer saga finally ended on September 2, when the European transfer window shut. It came following months of talks between PSG and Barcelona over a summer move.

Although the club supporters have not taken kindly to the news that Neymar will remain at the Parc Des Princes. They made this crystal clear on his return to action last weekend against Strasbourg, where he was booed throughout the match.

Not helping the 27-year-old’s case to get back in the fans’ good books was his suspension during PSG’s Champions League opener against Real Madrid.

It turned out, though, that Thomas Tuchel’s side didn’t need him after cruising to a convincing 3-0 win over the 13-time European champions.

But Kaka still thinks Neymar could be the final key ingredient for PSG to finally taste Champions League glory once his suspension ends after their trip to Galatasaray on October 1.

“For him, I think it’s good to stay there in PSG for now. I think it’s good for him, for the club,” Kaka said on Sky Sports.

“I think PSG is always trying to build a great team to win a Champions League, so he can be the leader for this project and, in my opinion, it’s good. It will be a great year for him.”

The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner also has high hopes that Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory in Qatar in three years time.

“Our expectation with him is for him to be the guy for the next World Cup for us,” said Kaka on his old Brazil team-mate.

“I think it’s hard for him but I think every year he’s more mature, he understands his position in the national team better as well and it’s good.

“It’s good to have a great player like Neymar in the team. So for Tite (the Brazil head coach), it’s perfect.”

Neymar will likely return to action for PSG on Sunday in a trip to Lyon for a Ligue 1 clash.

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BEIJING, CHINA – OCTOBER 11: Team of Brazil celebrates winning Super Clasico de las Americas between Argentina and Brazil at Beijing National Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)