LILLE: Neymar has angrily refuted speculation that he is regretting his world record summer move from Barcelona to Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian superstar left a media conference in tears after addressing the issues after Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan in a friendly international in Lille, northern France.
Neymar scored the first goal from a penalty with the others coming from Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus.
Media reports in Spain have referred with increasing insistence to disagreements between Neymar and PSG coach Unai Emery and to a supposedly icy relationship with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.
Earlier this season sources close to PSG had claimed that Cavani had turned down the offer of a bonus to let Neymar take penalties.
In the meantime PSG has also had to try to shrug off the questioning by Swiss authorities of the club’s chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, over allegations concerning the sale of World Cup television rights. Al-Khelaifi is also ceo of the acquisivitive Qatari TV broadcaster beIN.
Neymar told media: “Many things have been said and written about me but my first months in Paris are going very well. I am very happy in Paris and motivated to win and help the club.
“I am someone who gives everything on the pitch and I have no problem with Cavani or with the coach.
“When I arrived here we had a meeting with the coach, I told him that he had come to help and he told me that he would do everything possible so I could achieve my goals.
“In Paris as in the Seleçao, I am one more player. I’m happy. I did not come to Paris to create problems or create tensions with those who were there already.
“I asked to come here, in front of you at a press conference, because I had to tell you how angry I am about what is said or written.
“The reception I received in Paris was very big, everyone treated me with love, with respect, that left me more calm and much happier and wanting more, wanting to play with my teammates and train with them.
“I am a human being like any of you, I have good mood days, happy days, and other days, I cry, I get angry.
“I apologize for my mistakes, because being a footballer who is an idol for many people means being perfect and many times I am not and that’s when problems arise. But I’m just 25 I’ve been learning a lot for years and I’m still going to make mistakes many times. I know I have more to change, to improve.”
Brazil coach Tite then jumped to his player’s defence.
Tite said: “Being in the national team, being a coach, being a footballer means huge visibility. It is a fact that (Neymar) is the subject of many fouls. As soon as he suffers one, he is hit by another.”
At that point Neymar left the press conference in tears.