Monday July 8 2019
Leonardo on Neymar and De Ligt

PSG director Leonardo confirmed Barcelona asked for AWOL Neymar, but Gianluigi Donnarumma is not a priority and Matthijs de Ligt “will not come to Paris.”

The former Milan chief only just returned to Paris Saint-Germain and is already dealing with serious problems, as today the club released a statement warning Neymar had not turned up to pre-season training.

“The position is clear for everyone, but only one thing is guaranteed today: he has three years left on his contract with us. Seeing as we have not received an offer, we have nothing to discuss,” Leonardo told Le Parisien.

“We had very superficial contacts with Barcelona. They said they wanted to buy, but we could see they weren’t really in a position to buy. Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer that suits everyone, but so far we have not received any genuine offers. It won’t be done in a day, that’s for sure.”

Leonardo also commented on other transfer stories, such as suggestions PSG are offering cash plus Alphonse Areola for Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“A goalkeeper is not a priority. We have Kevin Trapp, Areola, Bulka and a fourth goalkeeper, Garissone Innocent. That is the reality of the situation today.”

Paris Saint-Germain had been the favourites for Ajax defender De Ligt, but he seems to have agreed terms with Juventus instead.

“No, De Ligt will not come to PSG. There was a possibility, he is a formidable player, but this is not the right time to make such a big investment. We must calm down a little, as we don’t just have €200m to spend lying around.

“As for Kalidou Koulibaly, he is a very expensive player too. There is no specific plan for the Napoli defender at the moment.”

Leonardo was asked if Blaise Matuidi could return to PSG after Juventus picked up Adrien Rabiot as a free agent.

“I love Matuidi and have a great deal of admiration for him, but PSG already have a lot of strong players in midfield and you can only play 11 at a time.

“I did not try to convince Rabiot to stay and extend his contract. I just made contact with his mother to say hello, but the matter was already well advanced for them, so we didn’t intervene.”