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Thomas Tuchel reveals what he told Neymar after failed Barcelona move

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Throughout this summer transfer window PSG star Neymar was being linked with a return to Barcelona.

However, the transfer window closed and the player failed to make his return.

As the talks of his transfer continued, Neymar missed few games at the start of the season, however, he returned to the squad against Strasbourg and since that he has made 5 appearances so far during this season with having scored 4 goals for the Ligue 1 side.

And as Neymar failed to make his return, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed what he told the Brazilian when everything was over.

“It wasn’t my decision and it wasn’t really his either,” said Tuchel. “Between us, nothing much has changed. I knew he wanted to leave the club and he knew that I was against it. For me, it was not the right moment or the right decision to take. He knew clearly that as a coach, I didn’t want him to go. But we also know that it wasn’t my decision or really his either in the end.

“There was a need for a club to match our valuation and then they would have said ‘yes’. We have both accepted that the decision was not made at our level. It’s not going to affect our relationship because we knew there was a possibility that we would continue to work together and it would be stupid to waste everything.

“The club had a very clear position. It had established that he would not play until he said he would stay. So I concentrated on my squad. I never asked for him to play or not, because the decision was clear and it came from the very top. This clarity helped me a lot.

“He’s a good guy. It can be difficult to imagine when you just see him from the outside, but he’s really a good guy. It’s not difficult to be close to him and to convince him what he has to do. When everything was over, I told him: ‘You think that the hardest is behind you now but you have to work with me and I won’t let you relax! The hardest is to come.

“The situation isn’t simple. The supporters have given their opinion and I understand all of those. They have the right to say what they feel, they’re very proud of their club. It’s not what they want to hear, that one of their players is repeating week after week that he wants to go. I’ve told him he has to face this reality. Now, we are where we are and it’s my job to push him to reach his best.” 

via Goal

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