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Neymar not in PSG team again

Neymar was left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s third consecutive Ligue 1 match yesterday as his employer awaits a resolution to the Brazilian’s protracted transfer saga.

Neymar was declared fit to play for the first time since injuring his ankle in May by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel on the eve of Toulouse’s visit to the Parc des Princes.

But the club’s Qatari owners and sporting director Leonardo have sidelined him as the uncertainty over his future continues to dominate their early season landscape.

In the squad list published ahead of the kickoff Neymar was marked as “absent”.

The 27-year-old wants a return to Spain, to his former club Barcelona which sold him to the French champion for a world-record 222 million euros (US$264 million at the time) in 2017.

Or to Real Madrid, who reportedly had a 100-million euro bid plus players rejected this week.

Tuchel when quizzed about the forward on Saturday said: “He can play (against Toulouse) if the situation between him and the club is clear.... Today it’s not clear, perhaps tomorrow it will be”.

The European transfer window closes on September 2.


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