After Neymar failed to get his desired return to FC Barcelona in the previous transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain's manager has revealed what he told the Brazilian once it became clear he was staying in France.
The 27-year-old fought hard to get a move back to the Catalan club before the 2019/20 season got under way, but the transfer did not materialise.
Les Parisiens boss Thomas Tuchel has now stated that he never wanted to see Neymar leave the club, and that since it was confirmed he is staying in France, he told the Brazilian he will have to work harder than ever before.
"Between us, nothing much has changed. I knew he wanted to leave the club and he knew that I was against it. For me, it was not the right moment or the right decision to take," the German tactician said, according to the42.
"He knew clearly that, as a coach, I didn't want him to go. But we also know that it wasn't my decision or really his either in the end.
"There was a need for a club to match our valuation and then they would have said 'yes'. We have both accepted that the decision was not made at our level.
"It's not going to affect our relationship because we knew there was a possibility that we would continue to work together, and it would be stupid to waste everything.
"The club had a very clear position. It had established that he would not play until he said he would stay. So I concentrated on my squad. I never asked for him to play or not, because the decision was clear, and it came from the very top. This clarity helped me a lot.
"He's a good guy. It can be difficult to imagine when you just see him from the outside, but he's really a good guy. It's not difficult to be close to him and to convince him what he has to do.
"When everything was over, I told him: 'You think that the hardest is behind you now, but you have to work with me and I won't let you relax! The hardest is to come.'
"The situation isn’t simple. The supporters have given their opinion and I understand all of those. They have the right to say what they feel, they're very proud of their club.
"It's not what they want to hear, that one of their players is repeating week after week that he wants to go. I've told him he has to face this reality. Now, we are where we are and it's my job to push him to reach his best."
Neymar has played five matches for the French giants so far this season, scoring four goals.
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