Neymar ‘reappears’ six months later

Luis Enrique’s PSG started rolling this Monday, although the first training session that the Spanish coach will lead will be on Tuesday morning. The Parisian team summoned the squad, with the exception of the internationals, including Kylian Mbappé, who will travel to Algeria in the coming days and will not return until July 17, 10, to undergo various physical tests that will determine the state shape players.

Accompanied by Aitor Unzué, Rafel Pol and Joaquín Valdes, Luis Enrique will begin his journey in Paris with several unknowns. The first of these is Neymar Jr, present when he returned to work, who returned to Paris this Sunday from his vacation in Brazil and who must follow a specific plan so that the injury he suffered in his ankle in February, which forced him to undergo surgery due to damaged ligaments, permanently healed. This Monday he underwent physical tests and from Tuesday he will exercise alone.

The Brazilian star will meet again this Tuesday with the Asturian coach, with whom he won the Champions League in 2015 and with whom he achieved an extraordinary performance. Last Wednesday, during his presentation as PSG coach, Luis Enrique acknowledged that he “had not spoken to anyone from the squad”but the normal thing is that both maintain a long and extended conversation that could be decisive for the future of the player.

Luis Enrique with Al Khelaïfi, in his presentation.
Luis Enrique with Al Khelaïfi, in his presentation.

Ney, who will touch the ball in ten days, not before, must be part of the PSG expedition that will leave for Japan on July 22 to play the Asian tour. This Monday morning, Luis Enrique will have the first contact with the squad, which at the moment is overbooked, having recovered eight players who are returning from their respective assignments and to which Luis Campos, in line with the coach, will have to find a way out to make cash.

Luis Enrique, besides, still does not know if he will be able to count on Kylian Mbappé. In his presentation, he left the future of the French star up in the air, in evidence that PSG’s position has been firm for a month: if he does not renew, they will sell him. The forward, after a trip to Cameroon, the country of his father, will travel to Algeria to visit the country of his mother Fayza Lamari, The same one that is leading the charge in the negotiations with the club and that is not willing for her son to give up a loyalty bonus of 80 million euros.

Next July 17, Kylian Mbappé will exercise with PSG unless an agreement is reached for his sale beforehand, something that has not yet occurred. If the striker refuses to train, he will be indirectly giving up the loyalty bonus that the Parisian team must pay him and that half, 40 million euros, would reach his checking account on July 31. It is for this reason that PSG wants to sell him before August in the event that he does not sign a new contract. Luis Enrique, for his part, awaits events to try to carve out the most ambitious and competitive squad possible.

The physical state of Neymar worries

According to L’Équipe, the first physical examinations that Neymar has undergone call into question his return to the highest level. The Brazilian’s ankle, despite having undergone surgery, is still convalescing and his return to the pitch remains unknown. The footballer must, a priori, travel with the rest of the PSG squad to the tour of Japan, scheduled from July 22 to August 2, and on the 21st, against Le Havre, in the first friendly of the preseason, He could have minutes to clarify if he is fit to compete.

This Tuesday, the former Barcelona player will not touch the ball in Luis Enrique’s first session as PSG coach. The Asturian has not yet made a decision with Neymar, with whom he must speak, but he will remain attentive to the instructions that the Parisian team’s medical services will provide him. Decisive weeks are coming up for his future, which before the summer seemed headed outside of Paris.

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