Neymar Returns To Barca With Sealed Lips
Brazilian striker Neymar arrived in Barcelona late on Tuesday, keeping sealed lips about increased speculation of a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar, who returned from a business trip to China, has remained silent while rumours heighten that he will join the French club, who are reportedly ready to pay the €222 million buyout clause in his contract at the Camp Nou.
He finally landed in Barcelona just before 9:00pm local time (1900 GMT), taking a backdoor exit to avoid the dozens of journalists and a few supporters – some wearing PSG shirts – who had been awaiting his arrival.
A video filmed by a passenger and broadcast on Catalan television channel TV3 showed Neymar in an area reserved for flight crew, wearing headphones and avoiding responding to fans asking if he is staying with Barcelona.
"FCB (Barcelona) and Neymar's entourage confirm that the player returns to Barcelona today. He will train tomorrow and continue with life as normal until everything is sorted out," tweeted Marcelo Bechler, the Brazilian journalist who first broke news of an "agreement" between the player and PSG on July 18.
Barcelona, who lost 3-2 to Real Madrid in Miami on Saturday, the last match of a US tour, are due to train at 9:30am on Wednesday.
"Neymar and the rest of the squad are due at training," a club source told AFP.Barcelona's next match is on Monday in the annual Joan Gamper trophy, in which they will host Chapecoense, the Brazilian club whose team was decimated in an air disaster last November.