Neymar will stay with PSG despite Barcelona links – Paredes

Teammate Leandro Paredes does not believe Brazilian superstar Neymar will leave Paris Saint-Germain following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

PSG team-mates Leandro Paredes (L) and Neymar (R)   -  AFP

Neymar will still be at Paris Saint-Germain next season, according to teammate Leandro Paredes.

The Brazilian superstar is reportedly a target for Barcelona, who he left for PSG in a world-record €222million transfer in August 2017, and is said to be willing to take a wage cut to make it happen.

Neymar has scored 69 goals in 80 appearances in all competitions for PSG, including one effort in each of the two legs of a Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund from which it progressed to the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time since 2016.

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The Ligue 1 season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Thomas Tuchel's team crowned champion for the fourth year in a row, and Paredes expects Neymar to still be at the club when the 2020-21 campaign begins.

"Neymar will stay with us," Paredes told FOX Sports Argentina.

"I do not talk about it with him, so he can make his decisions calmly."

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Paredes used the Spanish phrase "se queda", which was infamously tweeted by Barcelona captain Gerard Pique shortly before Neymar left for PSG.

Argentina international Paredes struggled to establish himself as a key part of a midfield that is often centred on Marco Verratti.

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"At PSG I play with the very best. Verratti is the best midfielder. It's impossible to take the ball from him, he's always going to get away," he said.

"The squad is incredible. I take advantage of it every day in training. The level is very high."

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