Neymar continues annual tradition of being injured on his birthday

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

Neymar was not the only PSG player Tuchel was questioned about - after a touchline spat with Kylian Mbappe in the 5-0 weekend win.

Meanwhile, Tuchel did not attend Neymar's birthday party on Sunday, with some supporters criticising the Brazilian for holding the event two days before a game.

"Is it the best way to prepare for a match?"

Neymar's birthday party in a Paris club on Sunday has been called a "distraction" by Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel. "Is it the worst thing in the world? No".

Mbappe was furious with Tuchel, and both men exchanged words before the player took his seat. "If there are hard truths to be said, I prefer to do it internally".

It is believed that Real's hierarchy has already established contacts with the player's camp where they are persuading them not to sign a contract extension with the Paris-based club. It's just a thing between a player who doesn't want to be substituted and a coach who has reasons to do so, because he has players on the bench who need and deserve to play.

"Zidane and Dupont talk a lot with Mbappé's mother, who is the boss in the family".

"There is nothing personal between him and me".

"I spoke about it yesterday with Leo, of course, and with the squad, as we generally do".

In the background is the ongoing romance between the world champion and Real Madrid, with rumours sparking every time there is a moment of tension between him and his coach.

Their plan is that they could present a solution to the conflict between Mbappe and his coach, much like the approach with Neymar in the summer of 2019, waiting for a call from Paris or Qatar but otherwise not making any movement.

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