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Neymar’s father confirms contract talks with PSG

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Neymar’s father revealed that negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a new contract for his son have begun.

Despite only completing a world-record transfer of €222m from Barcelona to PSG in 2017, Neymar has been regularly linked with a return to La Liga at Real Madrid.

Los Blancos allegedly view Neymar as the right man to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots at the Santiago Bernabeu following the latter’s €112m transfer to Juventus last summer.

Without Ronaldo leading the frontline, Real have struggled to live up to their high expectations upon suffering a shock early Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax and being 12 points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga.

While admitting that playing for Real would be an attractive prospect, however, Neymar downplayed a summer move to the Spanish capital as he remains “happy” at PSG.

Now the Brazil international’s father and agent, Neymar Sr, announced that talks over a contract extension for his son at the Parc des Princes have begun.

“Neymar has had two big transfers in his life,” Neymar Sr. told UOL Esporte.

“But there’s been speculation for 10 years and there will continue to be speculation.

“He’s in his second year in Paris and there’s another three more to come before the end of his first contract.

“But we are already starting to talk about a renewal with Paris Saint-Germain.”

Neymar, who is contracted at PSG until June 2022, has managed 48 goals and 27 assists in 53 appearances since arriving in 2017 at the French capital.

The 27-year-old has been sidelined since January due to a metatarsal injury he sustained in PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over RC Strasbourg, but is expected to make his return to action next month.

The Parisians currently hold a 20-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 this season heading into their final 10 games and can complete a domestic double this season by winning the Coupe de France.

Meanwhile, Neymar will face an anxious wait from UEFA to discover if he’s been handed a match-ban for next season’s Champions League following his post-match rant in PSG’s last-16 defeat to Manchester United.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 24: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and SSC Napoli at Parc des Princes on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)