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Neymar told to take a leaf out of Kylian Mbappe’s book for PSG’s sake

By William Eldridge

Published: 17:32, 27 April 2019

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar should copy teammate Kylian Mbappe and publicly commit himself to the club according to former striker Christophe Dugarry.

The Brazilian playmaker has almost finished his second season in France after his world-record switch in 2017.

Should Neymar stay with Mbappe? Five things you need to know…

  1. Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 from La Liga giants Barcelona for a world-record fee of £198 million.
  2. The Brazilian has scored 48 goals in 54 games in all competitions for the French outfit.
  3. Mbappe recently committed his future to PSG after their latest title win.
  4. Neymar has yet to publicly do so amid constant speculation, insisting that he will comment when there is something concrete.
  5. The Brazilian has constantly been linked to a return to Spain with both Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested.

With Mbappe’s future now clear, oil-rich French giants PSG could feel even happier if fellow attacker Neymar could make his intentions known.

And the world’s most-expensive footballer should vocally commit himself to the Ligue 1 champions according to former striker Dugarry.

The Frenchman was discussing Mbappe’s superb hat-trick against former club AS Monaco when he touched on how Neymar should copy the 20-year-old’s post-match comments, professing loyalty to his current employer.

He said: “He’s [Mbappe] an advanced forward, axial, alone or with two, he is able to do it without any problem, despite everything I hear, he is a true forward, able to score 30 goals per season, playing in the axis.

“That being said, yesterday’s first goal is just outstanding.

“And then, at the end of the match, his statement frank, simple, clear, there is no ambiguity, no implication, it is clear, it is part of the project, point bar.

“We would like Neymar to do the same thing.

“He is clear, he knows what he wants, where he wants to go, his head cold after a hat-trick.

“He is remarkable in his communication. Bravo kid, it’s perfect, exceptional.”

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Neymar missing Champions League glory?

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed their status as the biggest and best club on French soil.

Having won Ligue 1 yet again by a clear margin before the season is out, their domestic bliss is still tainted by an inability to progress and succeed on the European stage.

Neymar has yet to taste any European glory in his two seasons in France with both of their previous two Champions League attempts ending in brutal disappointment.

The Brazilian won the competition before with Barcelona when they were crowned champions of Europe in an impressive 2014/15 campaign.

Neymar’s lack of vocal commitment to PSG hasn’t gone unnoticed with people close to the club – such as Dugarry – now growing frustrated with their world-record signing.