Neymar has fuelled further speculation he could be set to join Paris Saint-Germain after he “stormed out” of training with Barcelona following a heated row with team-mate Nelson Semedo, which required the pair to be separated, and he has cancelled an appearance in China as he is “busy with transfer business.”
The Brazilian reacted to a heavy challenge from Semedo and confronted the right-back before Javier Mascherano came between them. Sergio Busquets is said to have “restrained” him after Semedo returned to the training match.
Neymar then appeared to throw his training bib away before leaving the field, kicking balls away as he left
Training continued without the 25-year-old as he exited to the car park and left “the training area entirely.”
Barcelona will play Real Madrid on Saturday in the last pre-season friendly of their USA tour before returning to Spain on Sunday. Neymar was due to fly instead to China on Sunday to fulfill commercial commitments, but according to Reuters , that is no longer the case.
If Neymar is planning to stay at the Camp Nou this summer, the timing of the bust-up will do him no favours. It is otherwise unlikely to have a long-lasting impact on his future with the club or on the team itself, provided he and new recruit Semedo are able to patch things up.
Should he be pursuing a switch to PSG, it could ease his exit, though he runs the risk of tarnishing his legacy at the club if he forces his way out.