Brazilian forward Neymar Jr has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will see him stay with the French capital outfit until June 2025.
PSG announced the development on Saturday, putting to bed fears of a possible exit by the 29-year-old.
Neymar joined the Red and Blues from Barcelona in 2017 and has gone o to make 112 appearances for the side, scoring 85 times and providing 51 assists in the process.
The figures have put him right among the club’s top ten scorers of all time.
“I’m really pleased to continue my adventure at Paris Saint-Germain,” said Neymar on signing his new contract. “I’m very happy in Paris, and proud to be part of this squad, to work with these players, a great coach and to be part of the history of this club. These are things that make me believe even more in this great project. I have grown as a person here, as a human being and as a player, too. So, I am very happy to extend my contract and I hope to win many more trophies here.”
On his part, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, expressed his delight at Neymar’s contract extension which he said will be good news for the club’s fans.
“The core of our ambitious project to grow PSG is the heart, talent and dedication of our players,” said Al-Khelaïfi. “I am proud that Neymar Jr has reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the PSG family through to 2025, and will continue to delight fans. We are very happy to see him continue as part of our project and to be alongside us for many years to come.”
The contract extension comes just days after PSG were knocked out of the UEFA Champions after losing 4-1 on aggregate to Manchester City in the semi-final stage.
Rumors were getting louder that PSG’s failure to clinch the coveted title would prompt Neymar to push for an exit from the club.
PSG were also beaten in the 2020 Champions League final by Bayern Munich.
Neymar said he was confident PSG can go all the way soon enough and lift the trophy.
“Of course, my goal when I came to Paris Saint-Germain was to help get Paris Saint-Germain to the top, among the very best, and we are getting close. We are gaining more and more experience to help us negotiate these types of games, to know how to play in the Champions League. And Paris is on the right track, we are getting closer and closer to the taste of winning the Champions League. I’m sure we can do it,” he said.
The Brazilian’s focus will immediately shift to PSG’s next game against Rennes on Sunday as they look to muscle Lille for the Ligue 1 title.
With just two games to go, Lille are top of the standings with 79 points, four ahead of PSG who have a game in hand.