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Thomas Tuchel rules out Neymar becoming PSG captain

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has no plans on making Neymar the captain of his team.

Upon completing a world-record transfer of €222m from Barcelona, Neymar’s time at PSG has mostly been overshadowed over a potential return to Camp Nou or a move to Real Madrid.

Nonetheless, the Brazilian forward quickly made his mark at PSG during his debut campaign with former Parisians boss Unai Emery admitting last year he’s already taken on the kind of mantle Lionel Messi has at Barcelona.

However, right when PSG need a leader, Neymar’s frustrations have instead gotten the better of him in recent games.

The most notable of all came in PSG’s Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes on April 27, where he struck a supporter as he climbed the stairs to receive his runners-up medal.

The French Football Federation (FFF) were not impressed and have slapped a three-match domestic ban on Neymar, with an additional two games suspended.

While PSG will appeal the FFF’s decision, the loss of Neymar comes as an untimely blow considering they’ve only won once in their last seven matches in all competitions.

The 27-year-old also slammed his young PSG team-mates for not having “more ear than mouth” and urged them to show more respect following the cup final defeat.

And now Tuchel revealed he doesn’t intend to hand Neymar the captain’s armband and will instead make use of his leadership skills in other ways.

“There are many ways to show leadership, and not only with the captain’s armband. Neymar is not the same leader as Thiago [Silva], Marquinhos or Gianluigi [Buffon],” said Tuchel on the club’s website.

“Neymar is an artist, a creative player. He is a natural leader with his qualities. He is courageous, he is never scared, always looks to attack… they are important qualities for a leader.

“But I am also very happy with Thiago who brings a lot to the team as captain, and also Marquinhos. I don’t think we need to change.”

Neymar will be available for PSG’s trip to Angers in Ligue 1 this Saturday as his suspension doesn’t begin until Monday.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and Gianluigi Buffon of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate victory following the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)