Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar will miss training on Wednesday because he intends to leave the club as a move to Paris Saint-Germain draws closer, ESPN reports.
Neymar, who flew back to Catalonia on Tuesday after a promotional trip to China, had been expected to resume training on Wednesday despite widespread speculation he is closing in on a move to PSG.
The Brazil international was photographed driving into training but the club then announced on Twitter: “Neymar Jr hasn’t trained on Wednesday with the permission of the coach.”
Neymar Jr hasn’t trained on Wednesday with the permission of the coach #FCBlive
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 2, 2017
According to Barcelona spokesperson, “the player came to training today as expected; secondly, he spoke to his teammates to say goodbye because his intention is to leave the club; and thirdly due to the situation the manager has given him permission not to train.”
Neymar’s contract contains a €222 million buyout clause, which would make him the world’s most expensive player.
French publication L’Equipe had reported on Tuesday that a PSG medical was likely to take place either at the end of the week or on Monday.
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