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Dani Alves: 'Neymar's work at PSG not finished'

Publish on 24/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Dani Alves is ready to bet the Eiffel Tower that Neymar Jr will be at Paris Saint-Germain next season, telling ESPN "his work here isn't finished".

Suspended for the closing matches of the season, Neymar has been allowed to return to his native Brazil following last weekend's title celebrations following the 4-0 win over Dijon FCO.

His second season in the French capital was disrupted — just as his first was — by injury, but the ex-Barcelona man still returned impressive statistics with 15 goals and seven assists in just 17 top-flight appearances.

Those struggles and disappointment in the Coupe de la Ligue BKT, the Coupe de France, and the UEFA Champions League are why Alves believes his friend has no thoughts of moving.

"His work here isn't finished," said the Brazil international. "He's in a transition phase because he hasn't got the results hoped for. Neymar is obsessed by that and always wants to be at the top. As a result, if he isn't, he's clearly unhappy."

Neymar's season is not yet over as he is expected to play a pivotal role in Brazil's Copa America bid, starting in mid-June. Alves urged his compatriot to use his precious free time well.

"Neymar has to take advantage of his free time, of his holidays, and to think about what he can do to become an even more important player."