The French champions took exception to Neymar Junior’s absence from the club’s scheduled pre-season training but the player’s father has responded by claiming that PSG were not being entirely honest.
In a strongly worded statement issued on Monday, Paris St-Germain promised to mete out “appropriate measures” on to a player believed to have gone awol in a bid to force a move out of the club.
Neymar Senior, who also doubles as his son’s agent, has poured cold waters on all those rumours, however, explaining that the Brazil star would return to France on July 15th and that the French giants knew of the programs delaying the star striker.
One of these is the superstar’s commitments to Instituto Neymar, a charitable organisation set up by the 27-year-old and his family.
“The reason [for his absence] is known and was scheduled one year ago, with the annual schedule of his institute, and we couldn’t change it,” he first told Fox Sports Brazil.
“His return will be on the 15th. It’s as simple as that… no controversy. And PSG are aware and are part of the institute’s actions.”
Later on Monday while talking to RMC , he added: “We have commercial and institutional programs. Those dates were scheduled a month ago. PSG were informed – they were even present at the event last year.
“The Neymar Institute organises these events every year and everybody know the dates. We scheduled this year’s dates on July the 10th.
“On the 13th, there’s the Neymar Jr’s Fives tournament and then after these dates, he will be present at PSG on the 15th like we informed the club weeks ago.”