Thomas Tuchel retains Neymar hope


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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says he remains keen to keep hold of star forward Neymar.

The Brazil international is expected to depart the French capital before the European transfer window closes on September 2, with former club Barcelona and Real Madrid battling for his signature.

Neymar has made no secret of his desire to return to La Liga and PSG remain in discussions with both Barca and Los Blancos. The 27-year-old is yet to feature for PSG this season and hasn’t been included in a match-day squad, but Tuchel has stressed he wants Neymar to stay in Paris.

“It has always been our goal to close this folder as soon as possible,” Tuchel told reporters after PSG’s 4-0 win over Toulouse on Sunday. “[PSG sporting director] Leonardo knows that I want to keep him. But that doesn’t depend only on him.

“The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up.” Tuchel may yet be able to keep hold of Neymar, at least until the January transfer window opens, as neither Barca nor Real have managed to match PSG’s demands as yet.

The Catalan giants are understood to be keen to sign Neymar on loan with an obligation to buy and Real have offered various players as makeweights, but the Parisian giants are holding out for a fee close to the world-record £198million they paid Barcelona in 2017 to bring him to France.

PSG are rated at 11.00 to win the Champions League outright, Barcelona are 6.00 and Real are 9.50.

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