Neymar in talks with Paris Saint-Germain to extend contract

Neymar originally signed five-year deal at the Parc des Princes when he joined PSG from Barcelona in £200m move in 2017; Brazil international returned from injury to help club win Trophee des Champions against Marseille on Wednesday; PSG also looking at extending Kylian Mbappe's deal

PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions Trophy soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, northern France, Wednesday, Jan.13, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Image: Neymar scored a penalty in PSG's Trophee des Champions win over Marseille on Wednesday night. Photo: AP

Neymar is in talks to extend his contract at Paris-Saint Germain.

The 28-year-old is understood to be happy at PSG at the moment and the club are looking to tie down their star player to a long-term contract.

His current deal at the Parc des Princes, which he signed on his arrival from Barcelona in a record-breaking £200m move in 2017, is due to expire in June 2022.

The Brazil international has been linked with a return to Barcelona in recent windows and handed in a transfer request in June 2019 but he could now be set to extend his stay in France.

In December, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said the club are "very confident" of agreeing contract extensions with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The Ligue 1 champions have prioritised extensions for their two star players over any transfer dealings in the January window and Al-Khelaifi said the pair "both want to stay with us".

Neymar also made it clear he is keen to remain in the French capital after scoring a hat-trick in PSG's final Champions League group stage game against Istanbul Basaksehir in December.

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PSG's Neymar, right, celebrates with Kylian Mbappe after scoring his side's third goal during a Group H Champions League soccer match between Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Image: PSG have prioritised contract extension for Neymar and Mbappe. Photo: AP

"I am very happy here in Paris," he said. "I am very happy at the club, with my team-mates. The idea of leaving has not crossed my mind.

"We need to talk. We have a very good relationship, I am very happy and we will see what happens in the future."

Neymar returned from an ankle injury on Wednesday night and scored a late penalty as Mauricio Pochettino's side claimed the Trophee des Champions with a 2-1 win against Marseille.

He made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 10 goals as PSG are second in Ligue 1, one point off leaders Lyon.

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