Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar 'refuses' to leave PSG; Ligue 1 giants 'need to reduce wage bill'

Toby Cudworth
Neymar has linked with a move away from PSG
Neymar has linked with a move away from PSG / John Berry/GettyImages

Neymar has 'no desire' to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

Reports in France have suggested that PSG are willing to part company with the 30-year-old in a bid to bring down their escalating wage bill, which has sky rocketed after Kylian Mbappe performed a dramatic last-gasp U-turn to sign a new contract.

The Ligue 1 champions and former Champions League finalists have also been busy adding to their squad in this summer's transfer market, poaching Nuno Mendes from Sporting CP on a permanent deal in addition to agreeing a €40m move for Porto midfielder Vitinha.

Neymar still has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2021, and recently told Oh My Goal of his future plans: "It's really true on my side that I want to stay.

"Nobody has told me anything, but on my side, it's pretty clear I want to stay."

But despite making that statement, Neymar has continued to be linked with a move away, even though many clubs would struggle to match his huge wages.

Spanish publication Marca reiterate that he has no desire to leave, despite PSG's finances coming under scrutiny from La Liga president Javier Tebas.

He has publicly denounced UEFA's overlooking of significant losses on PSG's balance sheet, totalling €224m, which has left many questioning whether or not the club are complying with Financial Fair Play regulations.

"PSG are now going to end up with losses of €200m, they already had a loss of €300m...and now they go and renew Mbappe with those amounts," Tebas remarked after filing a complaint against both PSG and Manchester City - the latter in regards to the transfer of Erling Haaland.

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"They're going to have to cheat, I don't know if that's by paying outside of France or by getting a lot of sponsorships, which they already do."

If Neymar does stay put at the Parc des Princes as expected, he'll almost certainly be playing under a new manager next season. The club are preparing to announce the departure of Mauricio Pochettino after a disappointing Champions League campaign; his exit coinciding with the arrival of Luis Campos as PSG's new sporting advisor.