Thiago Silva has said that Brazil international Neymar is essential to Paris Saint-Germain and can win the fans back over if he stays at the club. Coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed he will not select the forward until his future has been clarified; he is yet to feature for the Ligue 1 champions this season. Fans displayed banners criticizing the former Barcelona forward during their game against Nimes on August 11 after PSG sporting director Leonardo announced that the 27-year-old had informed the club of his wish to leave.
On Sunday, Thomas Tuchel indicated he was uncertain about Neymar availability to face Metz on Friday. Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe got injury in a 4-0 win over Toulouse. But Silva has no doubt PSG should be fighting to keep Neymar, a reported target for Real Madrid and Barcelona, with RAC1 claiming the latter will send representatives to Paris for negotiations on Tuesday. Silva said to RMC that Neymar is an indispensable player for any team, he was at Barca, and he is with PSG now.
Silva further said, “It’s a particular problem for a player with the club, we cannot get involved. But in my head, I hope he stays. Yes, I already told him. It’s hard to tell him all the time: ‘You stay, you stay…’ “I do not know exactly what’s going on between him and the club. I honestly hope that the transfer window is over soon because I cannot stand it anymore.” Of the apparent breakdown in Neymar’s relationship with PSG fans, Silva added:
“It’s hard to talk about this situation, the fans could do it in a different way, but they think a lot with the heart.
Neymar has been unable to inspire PSG to European glory thus far, with the superstar missing key knockout games due to injury in both of his seasons in the French capital. After dominating domestically it is clear PSG desire the Champions League above all else, but Silva is unsure whether 2019-20 will be their year in the competition.