Neymar: 'Pressure is part of the job'

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Neymar Jr's world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain may have caused a sensation in the footballing world, but the laid-back Brazilian has been all smiles as he settles into his new home in the French capital. Interview.

As Neymar left Barcelona for Paris, many were puzzled as to why the Brazilian international would prefer the Parc des Princes to the Camp Nou. For Paris' new number 10, the reasoning is simple…

"I'm very happy to be here, to take on this big challenge at this great club. The project here appeals to me. I share similar ambitions to the club and that is very important for me," he told This is Paris on beIN SPORTS. "Paris is a great club with top players. The fact that a club like Paris wanted to sign me means a lot. I've come here for a challenge and I hope to leave a mark on the history of this club."

What pressure?

The pressure of arriving at a club for a world record €222m transfer fee does not seem to be weighing on Neymar's shoulders.

"I'm ready to play, I'm happy and I want to contribute however that may be. It's a great honour to be able to represent PSG. I will give everything to repay the faith that the club has shown in me. I will give my all and play my best football. And hopefully I can make everyone happy," explained the man whose move more than doubled the previous transfer record (Paul Pogba's €105m switch from Juventus to Manchester United).

"Pressure is always a part of this job, that's how football is. It's part of the game and there is nothing I love more in this world than playing football. I'm determined and ready to fulfil ambitions and those of the club. I love challenges."

Samba situation

The 31st Brazilian to represent PSG, Neymar is delighted to be joining a handful of compatriots in the French capital.

"Throughout this last month we were in touch, sending each other messages and calling each other. By the time I signed, I'd already spoken to everyone," he said of the likes of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dani Alves and Lucas Moura. "As well as being excellent footballers, they're very close friends. I love the idea of playing together for Brazil and then coming back here and playing together for Paris."

So is Neymar ready to experience the charms of Parisian life?

"I simply want to start training," he smiled. "I want to play, then I will visit the city..."


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