Neymar’s metatarsal injury will prevent him from taking part in the return leg of the Champions League Last 16 clash against Real Madrid, is a major problem for the French club. Moreover, this goes beyond the sporting consequences, with the unfortunate incident having brought to light the complicated relationship between the player and the club.
L’Equipe takes this idea onto its front cover with a headline that is open to various interpretations: “Au revoir Paris”, it reads, “Goodbye Paris”. The Brazilian’s main aim it seems is getting himself ready for the World Cup in Russia. It is easy to relate this headline to the doubts surrounding the player’s future in the French capital. The paper goes into detail about the pressures exerted on the PSG hierarchy by the player’s representatives to accept their desire to go ahead with surgical intervention.
By the way, another French outlet Le Parisien also talks about internal tensions at the club shown by the way in which the injury ‘crisis’ has been managed. This was most obviously seen with coach, Unai Emery making statements which were almost immediately contradicted by those closest to the player, principally his father.
Another issue that affects the squad – as has been seen from various player comments in recent days – is about the strained relationship between club and record-breaking signing, where objectives don’t appear to be aligned.