Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Kylian Mbappe gets new number at PSG after World Cup win

Kylian Mbappe gets new number at PSG after World Cup win

Although Neymar insisted Thursday he was staying in Paris, reports persisted that a move could be on the cards.

"I would not go as far as to say I did not want to play again but I did not want to see a ball or to see any more football played", the Santos youth academy graduate said.

Cristiano Ronaldo's £105m move to Juventus added to the speculation the European champions were lining up Neymar as a replacement but the club issued a statement denying their interest in the 26-year-old.

Neymar only returned to full fitness prior to the World Cup after needing surgery on the foot and ankle injury he suffered during a Ligue 1 match against Marseille in February. The criticism of me was exaggerated, but I'm a big boy, I'm used to dealing with this kind of thing.

"I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG".

Journalist Duncan Castles claims PSG's Qatari owners were weighing up selling World Cup star Mbappe this summer to help balance the books - but eventually decided he couldn't leave after his stunning campaign in Russian Federation helped inspire his country all the way to victory in the final.

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Sarri has replaced Conte as boss before, with a short-lived spell at Arezzo in 2006-07 before Conte was reappointed. Meanwhile, Napoli midfielder Jorginho is expected to join the Italian at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Those rumours have only increased since Ronaldo's sensational move to Serie A, with both he and PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe as possible heirs to the record-breaking striker.

At this summer's World Cup, Neymar became a target of widespread ridicule from fans and media for at times over-selling contact in an attempt to get the referee's attention.

"My players had a great wWorld Cup".

"We have signed a football legend (Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon) who will bring with him all his experience and that will be a great help for this coming season".

PSG's Brazilian star Neymar arrives to participate in the charity auction of the Neymar Jr.

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