Neymar Can Develop Into ‘The Best Player In The World’ At PSG, Insists Boss Unai Emery
The former Barcelona man has quickly settled into life at PSG after his world-record £198million move from the Spanish giants earlier this month.
Neymar scored in his PSG debut and set up another for fellow team-mate Cavani as they outplayed Guingamp 3-0 away from home last weekend.
And Emery believes that Neymar will take his footballing career to a higher pedestal at PSG – where he is the main man and can win the Ballon d’Or while guiding PSG to European success.
Emery told reporters: “Neymar is a great player, one of the best in the world. However, he is normal with the others in the dressing room and when he works.”
“All of the other players are great and they are happy that a player like Neymar is at PSG. That is something we all wanted.”
“We want to develop along with Neymar and to help him to become the best player in the world,’ he added. ‘We will work towards that for him and he will work towards that for us. Together, we will become an even greater team.”
Neymar displayed his attacking prowess in his first match for PSG but Emery heaped praise on the Brazilian for his defensive work against Guingamp.
Emery said: “Neymar adds something extra. He gives us pace, he links up well, his final pass and an ability to play at speed. He also gives us greater qualities, individual and collective, in attack and the creation of opportunities.”
‘In his first match [the 3-0 win at Guingamp] Neymar responded by giving us what we wanted from him.”
‘Tactically, he is capable of doing a lot of things in attack but also in defence over 90 minutes. He is capable of everything and is in beautiful physical condition.”
PSG are also closing in on a £160million deal for Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and want to set up blockbuster partnership with Neymar.
The French giants are set to lock horns with Toulouse at home on Sunday evening but without the services of injured duo Lucas Moura and Grzegorz Krychowiak.