Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he was aware that Neymar wanted to leave the club before the start of the Copa America, with the Brazilian relaying his decision to the club regarding his future.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to former club, Barcelona with it being understood that the player himself is keen to return to Spain. PSG's sporting director, Leonardo recently confirmed that they would be open to selling the star but only at the right price.
Tuchel has now revealed that he knew of Neymar's desire as early as last month, even before he failed to return for their pre-season training.
Thomas Tuchel (PSG coach): "I am always disappointed if a player arrives late. But it is clear between us, now it is between the club and Ney. If I knew he wanted to leave? Yes, before the start of the Copa América. But it is something between the club and him." [rmc] pic.twitter.com/pVw88HF2aU— barcacentre (@barcacentre) July 16, 2019
"I am always disappointed when a player turns up late but it is clear between us, now it is between the club and Neymar. I knew he wanted to leave before the Copa America but it is something between the club and player," Tuchel told RMC as quoted by Sky Sports.
"I am the coach, he's my player. If he is in the locker room, this is my player and I work with him. But I am ready for everything and have to adapt every day."
Barcelona for their part are yet to make an offer for the Brazilian, with it being likely that the Catalan giants would need to include a player as part of any prospective deal going forward.