Neymar's father and the head of Paris Saint-Germain both poured cold water Tuesday over rumours that the world's most expensive footballer wants to quit the French club after returning from injury.
"Neymar already has a future at PSG, Neymar already has a present at PSG," Neymar Santos Sr told journalists at his son's charity centre, the Neymar Junior Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state.
With the superstar striker out for weeks while he recuperates from foot surgery, reports have emerged in the European media that Neymar is disenchanted with PSG and wants to return to his old club Barcelona -- or even make a shock move to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Without the injured Neymar, PSG went crashing out of the Champions League to Real Madrid in the last 16 this month. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, his sports director Antero Henrique and club spokesman Jean-Martial Ribes visited the 26-year-old at his luxury house near Brazil's coast on Monday and his charity institute on Tuesday.
Their trip had been planned far in advance of the current uproar, Ribes told AFP. However, the meeting, which Neymar Sr recorded with photos on his Instagram feed, couldn't help having something of the look of a crisis summit.
Emerging in front of reporters at the institute, both sides seemed keen to quash the speculation. Neymar "is happy, highly motivated and excited to come back as soon as possible," Al-Khelaifi said. However, journalists were told that they could not ask about the Real Madrid rumours.