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PSG forward Neymar open to Santos return

Neymar will have options when he leaves PSG.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 11, 2023, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar reacts during the French L1 football match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Louis II stadium in Monaco. - The Brazilian, who injured his ankle on February 19 against Lille in Ligue 1, "has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years," said the club, adding that its medical staff "recommended a ligament repair operation to avoid a major risk of recurrence". Qatar-owned PSG said Neymar would go under the knife in Doha "in the next few days" and said it would take "three to four months before he can return to training with the team". (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Neymar is recovering from ankle surgery and is expected to return to Paris soon, where he has a contract with PSG until 2025.

The 31-year-old broke through as an exciting teenager at Brazilian club Santos and quickly had interest from the top European clubs.

Barcelona won the race to land the player and signed him in 2013 before he went on to enjoy a successful spell at Camp Nou, alongside Lionel Messi and Co.

Move to PSG

A move to Ligue 1 came next, when PSG paid a world-record fee of €222m for the forward in 2017.

Reports in France earlier this year claimed that Neymar wants to stay in Paris for the time being. But when his time is up at the Parc des Princes, who will be able to afford him?

If he doesn’t stay in Europe when he leaves PSG, a return to Brazil could be on the cards.

Neymar discusses future in Brazil

Due to his current injury, he is in Brazil and has spoken in an interview with Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte about returning to his former club Santos.

“I’ll be back one day, soon,” Neymar said.

He added: “It’s great to be back home. I feel at home here, and I’m happy to be back here 10 years later. Unfortunately, it was a draw, and I wanted the win.

“I came here to support Santos and receive the fans’ affection. It is the club that gave me everything, opened up doors for me and my family, and revealed me to the world. I am very happy to be here.”