28 July 2017

Neymar storms out of Barcelona training after a bust-up with team mate

Neymar has stormed out of Barcelona training as his exit from the Spanish giants appears to move closer.

In an exclusive video obtained by Sportsmail, the Brazilian international walks off the pitch after a fight with new Barca signing, Nelson Semedo.

Neymar has been linked with a world-record move to Paris Saint Germain, and his walkout now looks to make that move even more likely.

In the video, things initially appear to be going as usual, with the Brazilian tucking away a goal during a small sided game.

However, Neymar and right back Semedo then tangle in a challenge for the ball (left), with the striker squaring up to the new arrival from Benfica (right).

Javier Mascherano quickly intervenes and Semedo runs back to the game, but Neymar is clearly still unhappy, calling and gesturing after the defender, and having to be restrained by Sergio Busquets.

Neymar is the subject of rampant transfer speculation, with PSG making a record bid by matching his £195m release

The furious striker then tears off his training bib and throws it to the ground (centre) as manager Ernesto Valverde stands helpless close by, stalking off with only a rueful pat on the back from Mascherano.

Neymar then angrily fires a ball off the crossbar of a nearby training goal, and then boots another one away as he exits the field.

Accompanied by a member of the Barcelona staff, he leaves as training resumes without him, with the player going out into the car park and leaving the training area entirely.

The session took place in Miami, with Barca in the USA as part of their prestigious pre-season tour of friendlies.

Neymar then attempts to go after Semedo, shouting and gesturing, and has to be held back by Sergio Busquets

Neymar has been in excellent form on the tour, scoring three in two games, but lost his cool half an hour into the training session at Barry University.

The walk-out comes before Barcelona play their final friendly of the tour, against deadly La Liga rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

Barcelona and PSG are continuing to negotiate a possible deal that would smash the world record of £89m for Paul Pogba

The footage has emerged as it is also revealed Neymar’s plans to duck out of Barcelona’s flight back to Spain have been thrown into chaos amid reports his commercial commitments in China on Monday have been cancelled.

Barcelona players are due to touchdown back in Spain on Sunday afternoon after the Saturday night Clasico friendly, but Neymar had planned to jet straight to Asia for a commercial commitment with Replay that would keep him away from the Camp Nou while Barca and PSG thrash out the details of his switch to Ligue 1.

Now reports suggest the event on Monday has been cancelled with the organisers understood to be citing the player’s involvement in the transfer.

Neymar had previously been in good form during the USA tour, scoring three in two high profile friendly matches

What is not clear is if Barcelona – who have grown increasingly tired of Neymar’s behaviour on the club’s US tour – have applied pressure on him to cancel the trip so that his record breaking move can be tied up.

As the saga of the summer crawls to its conclusion. the sticking point is now PSG’s preference for not paying Neymar’s £195m clause even if it means they end up playing more for the player.

The Qatar-financed club want to avoid paying the buy-out clause because it means paying the transfer fee in its entirety in one lump sum – they would have to pay the £195m to Neymar for him to then deposit the sum with the league to free him from his contract.

This method of payment could also drag them into a dispute with the French taxman who could class the passing of the £195m euros by PSG to Neymar as taxable income, although the player could argue that the money was merely a gain in assets that could subsequently be offset as a loss when he then pays it to the league.

If PSG can persuade Barcelona to treat the deal as an orthodox transfer they will avoid tax complications and pay the money in stages, albeit with the final total being higher than the £195m clause, but Barcelona will refuse pointblank to co-operate with any scheme that makes things easier for PSG. They will demand the buy-out clause is paid in full.

Neymar warms up at the start of a training session he ultimately would not see to the end, as his exit appears to draw closer

The images of Neymar being restrained by Sergio Busquets after his training ground scrap with team-mate Semedo will come as a surprise to some. 

However it isn’t the first time that the Brazilian has caused a scene on the training ground. In May he was reportedly involved in a training ground ruckus with assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue, after the Spaniard told him to ‘focus more on his football’.

The training ground spat began when then-boss Luis Enrique’s assistant, was discussing tactics with the forward.

Unzue, to whom Enrique often delegates his tactical instructions, highlighted a few things to Neymar and tensions began to grow between the two.

The row then escalated to the point where other members of staff were forced to intervene. Neymar reportedly left the training facility visibly unhappy after the incident, which may be cause for concern at the Nou Camp.

He was also less than impressed with Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan played a prank on his fellow forward in November last year.

Neymar was tying his laces up while leaning on a ball, which Suarez then kicked from under his foot. Rather than laugh it off, however, the Brazilian gave Suarez his best death stare and walked away from him and Lionel Messi, who was watching on.



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