When a journalist asked Neymar on Sunday, after the draw against Monaco (3-3), whether he preferred to play in the Copa America (June 12 – July 12) in Argentina and Colombia or the Olympic Games tournament in Tokyo (July 22 – August 8), the Brazilian replied, "What do you think I'm going to say? Both? Yes, I'm ready to play both but I know it's going to be complicated. "
Second Parisian, after Kylian Mbappé, to express his desire to compete in the Olympic Games, Neymar is right to be careful. As for the French striker who took part in the Euro (June 12 – July 12), the Brazilian will have trouble reconciling a very busy agenda.
“In 2016, already, I wanted to play both competitions but FC Barcelona had refused (Editor's note: he only took part in the Rio Olympics where he helped give Brazil the only title he lacked). There, I have to do with the club. But I want to be able to help the Brazilian selection in one way or another. "
Brazil is not yet qualified
A possible Brazil final on August 8 at the Games would mean an extremely late start to the season for Neymar, who would then be entitled to a minimum of three weeks of vacation before his resumption with PSG.
Another determining factor in this summer transfer window will be to know the progress of discussions on the possible extension of Neymar's contract in Paris, while FC Barcelona could come back as last summer.
However, the desires of the Paris striker's games can only be satisfied if Brazil manages to win his ticket to Japan, which is not yet the case. He still has to go through a qualification tournament (January 18 – February 9) in Colombia, where two tickets – for the two finalists – will be awarded for Tokyo.
While celebrating his 28th birthday on February 5, Neymar will have to content himself with encouraging his compatriots under the age of 23, the only ones allowed to take part in this TQO. The latter may find in the call from the foot of the Parisian star an additional motivation to win their qualification.