‘Let’s see what happens with Neymar in January’

first_imgNeymar has seen his decision to walk away from Barcelona questioned by Denilson, but a fellow Brazilian is looking forward to seeing what future transfer windows bring.A summer of speculation saw it suggested that a return to Camp Nou could be on the cards for a frontman currently on the books at Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar, after two years in France, made it clear that he wanted out and that a retracing of his steps of Catalunya was his preferred choice. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Barca did all they could to make that happen, but the demands of PSG ultimately made it impossible to get an agreement in place before the deadline passed.As a result, Neymar is having to build bridges at Parc des Princes and accept that he will be going nowhere until at least January.That situation disappoints countryman Denilson, but there is still a chance that a deal could be done in 2020 when Barcelona and PSG are freed to return to the negotiating table once more.Denilson, who spent seven years in Spain with Real Betis and was part of Brazil’s triumphant 2002 World Cup-winning squad, told reporters in his role as a La Liga ambassador: “Yes, I miss Neymar because he was happy here.“He was playing for one hell of a team with really good players alongside him“But he made a decision and who are we to go against that. He wanted success somewhere else. I also had the opportunity to play in France and it’s not the same as Spain. “The quality here in Spain is impressive. There, it’s more physical.“It was a long story with Neymar, if he would come (back) or not. Let’s see what happens in January when he has the chance to leave again.”Vinicius Jr, Real MadridWhile Neymar is no longer plying his trade in Spain, a number of Brazilian stars are catching the eye.Real Madrid youngsters Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are among those currently making their mark, with Denilson impressed with the progress being made by two players with considerable potential.He added on Vinicius and the stars of the future: “I experienced something similar to him because I arrived at 19 years old, he was a kid who left for a country that has a very different football culture.“When he arrived he played very well for two or three months and now I think he has less pressure and is starting to adapt better.“People demand a lot but he is very young. A little patience with him and with Rodrygo is required, they are very young and both of them will succeed in Spain if given time.”last_img read more

‘Pochettino won’t walk out on Spurs’

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will not be “walking away” from Tottenham, says Harry Redknapp, but a predecessor of the Argentine in north London admits major silverware is required.Questions are being asked of a highly-rated coach for the first time in his stint as Spurs boss.An uncharacteristically poor start to the 2019-20 campaign has piled pressure on an underperforming squad and those in the dugout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career A new low was hit in the Champions League on Tuesday, with last season’s beaten finalists humbled 7-2 by German giants Bayern Munich on home soil.With it already suggested that Pochettino is losing interest in his current role, amid ongoing talk of attention from the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, it remains to be seen how long he will stick around.Redknapp expects the South American to at least see out the season, telling talkSPORT: “I don’t see him walking away.“He’s at a club where everything is in place. Off-field, they’ve got an amazing stadium and incredible training facilities. And he’s got an excellent group of players.“At the moment, they’re having a bit of a blip. It’s up to him now to show how good he is, get them back on track and start playing as we all know they can. If he’s a great manager, he’s going to have to do that now.”While backing Pochettino to stay put, Redknapp concedes that tangible success is required for a manager and team that have made marked progress over recent years without getting their hands on a trophy.The former Spurs manager added: “Everybody keeps saying how fantastic he’s been, and he has, he’s been excellent. But he has to win something this year.“You can’t keep going on and on and on, six years or seven years, without winning anything. He needs to win a trophy sooner or later.“They’ve got to come up with some silverware this year. They’re already knocked out of one competition, I can’t see them winning the Premier League and I can’t see them winning the Champions League.“Maybe winning the FA Cup, or the Europa League if they drop out of the Champions League, are the only options for them.”Tottenham will be back in action against Brighton on Saturday, with that fixture set to carry them into the next international break. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more