Why Dimitri Payet reckons Neymar should rule out any potential move to the the Premier League


Neymar has been virtually omnipresent since the summer after news first broke about his potential move to Paris-Saint Germain.

First, it was the shock of a player of Neymar's stature leaving this Barcelona side to join a team in Ligue 1, something that virtually everyone saw as several steps down.

Then further shock followed as the fee of €222 million began to circulate, with most finding it impossible to believe that it could be paid - especially Barcelona.

The will it/won't it drama followed, but Neymar completed his move to PSG on August 3rd, establishing the Parisians, sending Barca into chaos, and changing the entire transfer market all at once.

That should have been the end of Neymar at the forefront of the transfer rumour mill, but that's not how things have panned out.

Talk of a move to Barcelona's great rivals, Real Madrid, has circulated for months, with the European Champions' poor form seeming to push the rumours into overdrive this month.

Neymar has been clear that he doesn't want to leave PSG anytime soon but that hasn't stopped people from wondering if he never planned on a long-term stay in France.

And if that is the case, Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet has some advice for him: steer clear of the Premier League.

The France international's comments came after reports that Neymar was finding the physical treatment from Ligue 1 defenders to be over-the-top, and supposedly bad enough to complain in private about it.

Payet, who spent 18 months in England with West Ham United, then had some advice for the Brazilian star.

“He better not go and play in England then!" he told L'Equipe.

Not that Payet had no sympathy for his rival, admitting that Neymar isn't the only player in the league who has to suffer the extra-physical attention.

“I think that every team talk the opposing coach gives must focus on him," said Payet.


"Unhappily, he takes the kind of blows that make him lose his rhythm because it’s one of the ways that he can be stopped. He’s a victim of his talent.

“It happens to other players, like Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir. All the players who are specialists in dribbling and committing defenders are liable to be kicked.”

Neymar hasn't been seriously linked with a move to England since links to Manchester United a few years ago and so Payet's comments were clearly in jest.

Still, if PSG's star player really isn't enjoying the treatment in France, there's certainly a team in Spain that would be more than happy to take him back to La Liga.

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