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Neymar storms out of Barcelona training after clashing with team-mate

 


Neymar was involved in a heated training ground altercation with a Barcelona team-mate as his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain appears to edge closer.

The Brazilian clashed with Barça’s new signing Nélson Semedo in Miami on Thursday before the pair had to be kept apart by defender Javier Mascherano and midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Video footage showed Neymar removing his bib before storming off towards the changing rooms.

PSG remain confident of signing the 25-year-old having held talks with Barcelona officials last week over the structure of the proposed deal, which will see Unai Emery’s side pay his €222m (£196m) release clause.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Barcelona president, Josep Bartomeu, admitted he is powerless to stop the striker.

“Neymar is one of our best players and so we don’t want to lose that player,” he said. “We want him to continue with us. He still has four years of his contract so there is nothing else to say.

“You know that players decide if they want to leave, they can decide. But as far as Barcelona, we want him and we need him. Because if we want to win, we need the best players possible.”

Speculation is growing that Neymar could complete his move in the next week after it emerged he will not accompany the rest of the Barça squad on their flight back from the United States after Saturday’s friendly against Real Madrid and will instead head to China to fulfil commercial commitments.

It has also been reported that a scheduled promotional event for the travel agency Ctrip in Shanghai has been cancelled, with the company saying “the player and his staff are involved in a transfer”.