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Why Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer

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The Brazilian broke his silence after scoring in his return to action.

Neymar claims he can handle hostility from Paris Saint-Germain fans and the reasons behind his desire to leave.

Neymar returned for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. Fans were definitely not happy about it.

Though it was the Brazil forward that secured all three points for his side with a spectacular bicycle kick in injury time, despite being jeered by PSG’s supporters during Saturday’s Ligue 1 victory over Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes.

He celebrated the goal but opted not to acknowledge the crowd at the full-time whistle as he quickly departed the pitch. The 27-year-old made his first club appearance of the season, having not been selected by coach Thomas Tuchel amid speculation over his future.

Neymar had reportedly hankered for a move to former club Barcelona only for it to not materialize before the transfer window closed. The PSG ultras then accused the former Barca man of being “disrespectful” and condemned the way he “humiliated” the club with his behavior during the saga.

“Everyone knows I wanted to leave. I made it very clear. I won’t go into details though, because it affects others. But I’m still a Paris Saint-Germain player and my intention is to be happy on the pitch. My mind is on Paris Saint-Germain”, he told reporters, quoted by MARCA.

“I have played in several stadiums being booed. It’s sad, but I know from now on it’s going to be like playing every game away from home.

“I always made it clear that I don’t have anything against the club or the fans. They were personal reasons. I had my reasons, and I tried my best to make it happen, but unfortunately the club didn’t let me. It has already happened, but this is the first and last time I want to talk about it.”

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