Ligue 1

Leonardo return at PSG could be added motive for Neymar exit

Neymar celebra un gol ante el Liverpool


French outlet Telefoot claim that if Antero Henrique leaves the club, Neymar would lose his greatest supporter and ally at PSG.

The potential return of Leonardo Araujo to Paris Saint-Germain could provoke two results. Firstly, it could see the exit of current sporting director Antero Henrique and could also see a significant overhaul to the current squad.

One of the affected players could be Neymar with 'Telefoot' claiming that the replacement of Henrique (who was key in bringing Neymar from Barcelona to Paris) would be seen as a sign of backing Kylian Mbappé's continuity at the Parisian side. Neymar's time at the Ligue 1 has been underwhelming with two seasons hampered by injury, off field distractions and personal problems and the failure to mount a serious challenge for the much sought after Champions League title, all point to a extremely disappointing spell for the Brazilian striker and his club.

Brazilian soccer player Neymar leaves the police station after testifying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 6, 2019.


The French outlet claims that LaLiga giants Real Madrid or Barcelona would be likely destinations for the striker with speculation rife that a return to the Catalan capital could be on the cards. Real Madrid have too been linked with the Brazilian striker but his team-mate at PSG, Kylian Mbappé is regarded as a more desired acquisition.

Should Leonardo return to the club he played for from 1996-97, his first task is to convince Neymar that his future is with PSG.