Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel suggests there may still be hope of retaining Neymar despite the Brazilian’s continued absence.
Amid interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, Neymar is keen to end his two-year stay at PSG this summer. While he’s remained silent on his future plans, it seems certain the main objective is to get out of Paris.
The 27-year-old appears to be on the verge of a return to full fitness as well. This became evident when Brazil coach Tite called him up for international duty in next month’s friendlies against Colombia and Peru.
But Neymar hasn’t played a single minute of football for PSG since their Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes on April 27.
Upon suffering three serious injuries in the past two years, Parisians sporting director Leonardo claimed this week that they’re playing it safe by waiting for Neymar’s injury to completely heal.
Therefore, the Brazil international will likely sit out of the club’s trip to Rennes on Sunday. Although Tuchel did confirm there have been no changes to his future lately.
“He started the training session with us, but finished individually,” said the German, according to Yahoo.
“It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’ home.
“He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us.
“For now, nothing has changed. Neymar has three years left on his contract.
“He is sensitive, so I will always protect him. He needs to train with us and raise his intensity. I want to see him play at his best level for 90 minutes, with aggression and lots of dribbling.”
New €30m signing Idrissa Gueye, who joined from Everton earlier this summer, could debut for PSG this weekend. However, Tuchel hinted the Senegalese midfielder will likely not make the starting line-up.
The Rennes and PSG match will start at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.