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Neymar ‘left out of Paris Saint-Germain squad to face Nimes amid Barcelona interest

Neymar has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for their opening Ligue 1 fixtures against Nimes, amid uncertainty over his future.

The winger has been heavily linked with a departure from PSG, with Real Madrid and his former club Barcelona both interested in signing him. As reported by The Sun, Neymar won’t be involved against Nimes, with PSG sporting director Leonardo saying that talks regarding a possible transfer are ‘more advanced’.

‘Talks are more advanced than before,’ Leonardo was quoted as saying by French newspaper L’Equipe. Leonardo refused to specify about the progress of the negotiations. The Spanish transfer window doesn’t close until September 2, meaning there is plenty of time to get a deal done that would see Neymar return to La Liga.

Neymar missed Brazil’s success at the Copa America last month because of an ankle problem.

Last season Neymar scored 23 goals and provided 13 assists for PSG in 28 appearances across all competitions.

Since joining PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of £222million, Neymar has won two Ligue 1 titles in addition to the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophee des Champions.

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