Neymar trains with Barcelona in New York amid talk of potential £196m move to Paris Saint-Germain... but club president Josep Bartmoeu insists Brazilian star is not for sale
Barcelona are hard at work in New York ahead of their International Champions Cup clash with Juventus, with Neymar among the travelling party despite talk of a world record move to Paris Saint-Germain. The two sides meet at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday night and were greeted by hordes of fans as they walked through the airport following their arrival in the city on Thursday ahead of their first training session. While Lionel Messi received plenty of attention from the waiting fans at the airport, who sang his name as the squad walked towards their team bus, Neymar was also the subject of supporters' attention.
The Spanish giants stepped out to train in the north American heat later on Thursday ahead of their clash with the Ligue 1 outfit. Neymar is said to be close to a £196million move away from Barca to PSG, with the French club willing to meet his astronomical buyout clause, but club president Josep Bartomeu insists he is not for sale. Speaking on Thursday, he said: 'He is not on the market.'
Bartomeu continued:'He has a contract for the coming four years and, of course, we count on him. He's part of our team. He's part of this trident. 'These clauses are impossible to activate, if you want to comply with the financial fair play. If someone doesn't want to comply, then of course it can be activated.' Neymar was again with the Barcelona squad for training, putting aside talk regarding his future as he and his team-mates got to work. As speculation of a potential move to Paris continues, PSG defender Thiago Silva believes his Brazil international team-mate will fit in well. 'I do not know if Neymar is coming, he did not tell me,' Silva said. 'When you have a project like the PSG it's important to have players like that. If it happens it would be good for the group.' Following the game with Juventus, Barca will then travel down the east coast to face United in Maryland next week before their final game, El Clasico, in Miami, Florida.
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