Neymar says he’s ready to play for PSG on Saturday

Paris, Aug. 4, (GNA/dpa) – Brazilian star
Neymar, newly arrived in Paris, took advantage of his first public appearance
to say that he would be ready to play for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday if
the club wished.

Only a couple of hours after landing at Le
Bourget airport, Neymar took the stage before journalists alongside club
president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to say that his decision to leave Barcelona had
been “one of the most difficult decisions I ever took.”

The player, whose transfer cost PSG a
record-breaking 222 million euros (263 million dollars), denied that he had
been motivated by either money or the desire to have top billing after being
often overshadowed in Barcelona by team-mate Lionel Messi.

“This is not what I’m really looking for
in Paris – [I’m looking for] new trophies, new challenges, and that’s what
motivates me,” Neymar insisted.

Anyone who thought he moved for money
“don’t know anything about my personal life,” he added. “I was
never motivated by money.”

Asked if he was ready to play at PSG’s opening
Ligue 1 match on Saturday against Amiens, Neymar said: “I’m ready, I’m
happy, I’ve seen the pitch … but I will speak with the staff, I will wait for
their green light.”

The star forward said he did not yet know what
position he would play in on the team, although he has been assigned the number
10 jersey – which is already selling rapidly at the club’s shops – passed on
from Javier Pastore.

“I haven’t discussed it with the coach
yet,” he said.

Al-Khelaifi meanwhile shrugged off suggestions
that his prize catch had been excessively expensive.

“When you look at Neymar as a brand with
PSG, I don’t think that it is expensive actually, because we’re going to make
much more money than what we paid,” the Qatari businessman said.

“For me personally, Neymar is the best
player in the world,” Al-Khelaifi said as he introduced him.

“Our fans have always dreamt of having
Neymar here at Paris Saint-Germain.

“Neymar signed with us to win all the trophies
we can win this season and in the coming season,” Al-Khelaifi said.

But he refused to give hostages to fortune
when asked if this year would see PSG win the Champions League for the first

“Our aim is to win the Champion’s League,
it’s always there,” he said. “We can’t say that this year we’re going
to win the Champions League. We’re going to fight for it to be sure.”

Neymar’s private jet had touched down
mid-morning after a Thursday of feverish speculation, with the Spanish league
LFP initially rejecting his transfer payment and arguing that it breached UEFA
financial fair play regulations.


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