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Brazilian Neymar, star of Paris Saint-Germain, expressed his hope to stay with his team beyond the current season, and to see his colleague Kylian Mbappe for his future also with the holder of the French Football League title.
Neymar is in negotiations with Saint-Germain for a possible renewal of his contract, which expires in June 2022.
“I am very happy at the moment, things have changed a lot,” the 28-year-old Brazilian said in an interview with the French “TF1” channel that was broadcast on Sunday evening.
“I can’t really say why. I feel good, I have adapted, I am calmer. I am very happy here. I want to stay in Paris Saint-Germain.”
Neymar, who moved to Saint-Germain with the most expensive deal in history of 222 million euros (269 million dollars) from Barcelona in 2017, scored a double in the match that his team lost Sunday to Lorient 2-3, which is the first defeat for the club under the leadership of new Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Neymar said that he wants Mbappe to renew his contract as well, especially after the name of the French striker was linked to a possible transfer to Real Madrid earlier this month, while the 2018 world champion made it clear that he needed time to “think”.
“I hope Kylian (Mbappe) will also want to stay,” Neymar added. “Of course that is the desire of all the fans.”
“We want Paris Saint-Germain to remain a great team, and I want to continue doing what I have always done, playing football and being happy, they are the most important things.”
Mbappe has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season with Saint-Germain, while Neymar has scored 13 goals despite his long absence due to injury.
The Brazilian pointed out that “we have a relationship like brothers and I” and Mbabi (22 years old).
“I am the eldest. We like to play together a lot. I like to make him give his best. I call him ‘the golden boy’ because he is really golden. He has a big heart, even off the field he is amazing.
And with Sunday’s loss, Paris Saint-Germain froze at 45 points and fell to third place, two points behind leaders Lille, and one point behind Lyon II.
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