Neymar left out for Paris Saint-Germains Ligue 1 opener

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Mbappe meanwhile told Canal Plus: 'I will not lie and we will see what will happen with the situation of Neymar because it is not the same team without him.

The PSG sports director fed the rumours and set off of his suitor's alarms, urging them to accelerate their negotiations under the fear of being too late for his signing.

Neymar wants to leave PSG before the window closes and his desire is to sign for the Blaugrana.

At the beginning of the summer, Josep Maria Bartomeu publicly discarded that Neymar was a transfer target, even affirming that Ousmane Dembélé is a better footballer than the "Canarinho".

Neymar joined the Paris squad in 2017, with the sum paid for the forward's transfer from Barcelona breaking the world football record, as it amounted to 222 million euros. During his two seasons at the club, Neymar has missed nearly half of the team's games through injury and left supporters frustrated by his lack of committment to the club.

Tuchel added: "I have not spoken with Neymar".

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"I'm trying to get used to what the coach is asking me to do, whether that's on the wing or inside [as a false nine]".

"Yes, he is a star, but I do not think about him that way".

"He is still a little injured and took knocks on Friday, as well as Saturday".

Tuchel was later asked about Kylian Mbappe and was full of praise for the France global after a strong preseason and said he feels the World Cup victor is ready to lead PSG's attack this campaign.

Messi did not make the United States trip due to a calf injury but no Messi proved no problem for Barcelona.

"Kylian wants responsibility - he is ready for it and very mature".