Neymar’s new tantrum in Paris-Saint Germain - ‘sell’ estranged Edinson Cavani
Neymar and Edinson Cavani had to be kept apart by teammates after a set-piece row escalated from the pitch to the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room, according to French daily L’Equipe.Updated: Sep 20, 2017 16:35 IST
Neymar Jr.’s arrival at Paris-Saint Germain saw its Qatari owners pay a heavy price - 222 million euros ($263 million) to be precise. It seems, however, that they might have to pay some more price to satisfy the Brazilian superstar’s ego.
According to Spanish publication Sport, Neymar has demanded to the Paris-Saint Germain management to sell Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, with whom the Brazilian’s relationship has turned frosty.
The situation is such that that the two even close to blows in the dressing room, according to reports, after an on-field altercation during a Ligue 1 match against Lyon. The bone of contention between the two players was about who would take a penalty.
Having already scored three times from the spot this season, Edinson Cavani assumed the responsibility would once again be his.
Neymar tried to get the ball from the Uruguayan but it was Cavani who eventually took the penalty-kick. And his effort was brilliantly saved, Anthony Lopes tipping the ball onto the bar.
Despite the trouble, Paris-Saint Germain coach Unai Emery said that they would ‘sort things out internally’.
But Neymar is not the one to be satisfied easily. According to the report in Sport, “Neymar has already communicated to [CEO] Nasser Al-Khelaifi that his coexistence with Cavani is totally impossible.”
Many feel that a major reason for Neymar’s exit from Barcelona was to come out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and become the main man.
At Paris-Saint Germain, he is the superstar and has already scored five goals in six matches for the French side across two tournament – the Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League.
But will the Paris-Saint Germain owners go to extent of acceding to his odd demand, is the big question.
“The penalties are taken by a couple of players, one is Cavani and the other is Neymar. There needs to be a gentleman’s agreement on the pitch to decide who takes the penalties,” coach Unai Emery said about the incident.
Cavani cool to ‘rift’
Cavani, who has been with Paris-Saint Germain for four years now, tried to play down any rift.
“I don’t know why people believe these stories. The truth is this kind of thing is normal, something that happens in football,” Cavani told Uruguay’s Radio Universal.
“The truth is there’s no problem at all. He (Neymar) just arrived, he will surely emerge more and more. As I’ve said from the very beginning, we all have the positivity and willingness to help him adapt in the best way possible. I think he has shown he’s adapting quickly.”
Cavani’s track record for Paris-Saint Germain may give the forward confidence regarding his position, but Neymar’s growing influence shall still be a cause of worry.
First Published: Sep 20, 2017 16:35 IST