Neymar above everyone - Nene rues PSG star's absence

Nene believes his former club Paris Saint-Germain will have to do things the hard way as Neymar sits out the trip to Manchester United.

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Neymar is "technically above everybody" at Paris Saint-Germain according to Nene, who feels his fellow Brazilian can still achieve all his ambitions in Paris.

PSG travels to Manchester United for Tuesday's mouth-watering Champions League last-16 clash with its superstar forward sidelined due to a metatarsal injury.

Fellow attacker Edinson Cavani faces tests on a hip problem sustained during Saturday's Ligue 1 win over Bordeaux and Nene, who played for PSG between 2010 and 2013, feels such losses will be felt by head coach Thomas Tuchel.

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"It would have been beautiful to play with [Neymar] because he's a very smart player, and technically he's above everybody," he told Omnisport.

"I think he's living an important moment, every year he's showing his quality, his strength. He can be stronger every year."

Despite its dominance in France, PSG is yet to reach a Champions League semifinal and Nene believes amassing experience in the competition is key to going further in the competition.

"I think some experience is missing, and also they need to be consistent," the Sao Paulo winger explained.

"There are only top-level teams, with a lot of experience in that competition. They're playing with very strong teams, so it's normal that they struggle to win.

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"Every year, they're a bit closer, this year they have a great team, I hope they'll win it."

Right place, right time

Speculation has persisted over Neymar returning to LaLiga following his world-record switch to PSG in 2017 but Nene feels the 27-year-old is in the perfect place to realise all his ambitions.

"I don't think that he's bigger than Paris, because Paris today are massive as well," he said. "They're the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"He doesn't need to look for another team [due to being] bigger than the club. Paris are one of the most important clubs in the world.

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"He has everything, the team, the structure. He has everything he needs to play his A-game."

On the prospect of Neymar achieving his aim of Ballon d'Or glory, Nene added: "Being one of the best players in the world, he can do it with PSG.

"He just needs the team to win big titles, like the Champions League. If he wins the Champions League with Paris he can be the best player in the world.

"He doesn't need to change clubs for this."

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