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Neymar did everything he could to leave PSG, says Tuchel

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ByEurosport UK
18/09/2019 at 13:39 | Updated 18/09/2019 at 14:54

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says Neymar did everything in his power to leave Parc des Princes for Spain over the course of the summer.

The Brazilian was widely linked with a return to Barcelona, along with Real Madrid, throughout the transfer window but failed to secure a transfer.

He has since been booed by PSG fans but Tuchel says he must learn to live with that but highlighted the former Santos man's professionalism.

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"He did not want to be here. He tried everything in his power [to leave the club]. That did not help make him popular,” Tuchel said to DAZN.

“You could feel that, and I can understand if the fans are angry, even permanently.

"Nevertheless, there is also a side between me as a coach and him as a player. There was never a break or a discrepancy. That's why it was very easy for me to let him play.

"He has always trained professionally. I feel that the decision was a relief to him, even though it was against his wishes.

"Then, one is automatically focused on the task. As an athlete there is not much else you can think about.

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"You have to give your all. He is hungry and a competitive guy who always wants to win.

"He has to withstand it [the boos and whistles from the fans] now, that's the reality. He has to go through it, and we all have to go through it in the home games.

"The best thing is to come to terms with it."


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