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Neymar Out vs. Nimes Amid Real Madrid Transfer Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2019

SHENZHEN, CHINA - AUGUST 02:  Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during a training session ahead of the French Trophy of Champions football match between Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain at Shenzhen Universiadg Sports Center stadium on August 2, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)
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Neymar will sit out Paris Saint-Germain's opening Ligue 1 game of the season against Nimes on Sunday amid rumours linking him with Real Madrid.

ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson relayed the news from sporting director Leonardo:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

PSG sporting director Leonardo has just confirmed to us that Neymar will NOT play vs. Nimes tomorrow. Club decision. #PSGNO

According to AS' Fernando Kallas, Real opened talks with PSG regarding Neymar after the French champions informed them of his availability and their willingness to negotiate a deal.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel suggested the player's absence was due to a lack of fitness:

The forward suffered an ankle injury in June that ruled him out of the Copa America with Brazil, and he has been trying to recover from the issue throughout pre-season.

According to Kallas, his relationship with the club has broken down "definitively," which is one of the factors behind PSG's willingness to part ways with their record signing.

Madrid have already signed Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic this summer, but the Parisians are said to be open to loaning him out.

Sports writer Andy West suggested the two clubs have plenty of motivation to get a deal done:

Andy West @andywest01

PSG want to get rid of Neymar. Real Madrid want to get rid of Bale, James and Mariano. PSG and Real Madrid would both love to stitch up Barça. 🤔

Neymar has plundered 51 goals and 29 assists in 58 games for PSG.

He's one of the few players on the planet who can come close to replicating Cristiano Ronaldo's contributions at the Santiago Bernabeu, more so even than Hazard.

A deal could suit all parties.