Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has admitted that Neymar’s situation at the club has yet to be completely resolved, despite the forward’s goalscoring return to action.
The Brazil star made his first appearance of the season for the French champions on Saturday and scored an overhead kick in stoppage time give his side a 1-0 win over Strasbourg.
Neymar, 27, was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over the summer and made no secret his desire to leave France and return to his former club.
That move failed to materialise and, although Leonardo praised Neymar’s attitude since his return from international duty, he admitted that everything isn’t settled with the player.
“Neymar made mistakes, yes, but when the transfer window ended he came back in a positive way,” Leonardo told RMC (via Goal ).
“He showed up on time [for training] after his matches with Brazil and he behaved very well.
“He played an important game in not easy conditions. And he scored a spectacular goal, in a Hollywood scenario.
“And, after the match, he made an honest and very good statement.
“It’s certain that, if we look at what he said word for word, we’ll always find things to comment on.
“And it’s true that we can’t say today that everything is settled. But you can’t make a Mexican telenovela around it all. We have to play and to train.
“He is now subject to the same internal rules as all the other players. He’s here and he’s part of the club.
“Neymar is not a bad guy. He’s part of the heritage of football, not just PSG.
“When you look at the squad, and what we have, for sure we are stronger with him.”
Despite his late heroics, the Brazilian was booed by PSG supporters at the Parc des Princes throughout his return.
After Saturday’s game he once again confirmed his desire to leave Paris, but claimed he has no intention of downing tools despite the hostile reception.