Neymar is under pressure from Paris Saint-German (PSG) to renew his contract within two weeks because of fear that he could return to Barcelona.
Neymar’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 and PSG tabled a renewal offer for the 29-year-old some time ago.
It remains unsigned and, with the business end of the season approaching and Mauricio Pochettino’s team facing a Champions League semi-final with Manchester City, PSG want to hurry Neymar along.
The news makes headlines on the front cover of Spanish newspaper Diario Sport on Friday, pointing out that if Neymar signs the extension until 2027, all talk over a return to the Nou Camp would be finished.
French paper L’Equipe reported on Thursday that PSG have become increasingly nervous and are now pressuring Neymar to put pen to paper before the first leg against City on April 28.
With that two-legged tie to come, plus an interesting finish in Ligue 1 where PSG trail leaders Lille by three points with six matches to play, the club want to eliminate all distractions.
But it has been reported that as long as there remains the possibility of interest from Barcelona, where Neymar played between 2013 and 2017, he will delay.
Sport have raised the prospect of returning club president Joan Laporta being key to a sensational return to the club, with Neymar keen to play alongside Lionel Messi again.
Neymar, who would be 35 at the end of the contract extension being offered, has insisted publicly that he wants to stay in Paris.
He told TNT Sports Brazil: ‘The contract extension with PSG is no longer a topic. Obviously, I feel very comfortable and at home here. I feel happier than before.’
The Brazilian has scored 13 goals and contributed six assists in 22 matches across all competitions for PSG this season.
They advanced to the Champions League semi-final meeting with City despite a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, winning on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline.
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