Neymar wins French player of the year prize, rejects transfer talk


Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (right) receives the Best Ligue 1 Player award from former Brazilian international player Ronaldo during a TV show yesterday in Paris, as part of the 27th edition of the UNFP (French National Professional Football Players Union) trophy ceremony. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, May 14: Neymar was named as France’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday, and later brushed away questions over his future.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar took the prize despite missing the last three months of the season due to injury.
The world’s most expensive player scored 19 goals in just 20 league games for PSG before suffering a foot injury in February that required surgery in his native Brazil. He has not played since, and only returned to France from his homeland at the start of this month, fuelling speculation that he could seek to leave the club after just one season.
“I am very touched and very happy with our season. It is an honour. Without my teammates, I would never have received this award,” said the 26-year-old, who collected the prize from his illustrious compatriot Ronaldo.
Neymar, who joined in PSG’s Ligue 1 title celebrations on Saturday night, refused to discuss his future after collecting his award.
“We talk about these things every time the transfer window comes around. I don’t want to talk about anything at the moment,” he said. (AFP)