Neymar is determined to “make history” for Paris Saint-Germain when the Champions League returns in August 2020.
The world’s most expensive player has been unable to lead the Ligue 1 champions to European glory up to now, with him having completed a €222 million move from Barcelona in 2017.
Neymar scored twice in the 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 before the 2019-20 competition was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UEFA plans to stage this season’s quarter-finals onwards in a ‘mini-tournament’ format in Portugal, at a time which PSG will not have played for nearly six months, with the Ligue 1 season having been concluded early on a points-per-game basis.
Having won the French title for the third time, Neymar now wants to deliver the Champions League to the capital.
“This period was atypical, but the main focus was to keep safe, with steady body and mind,” the Brazil star said.
“I am ready and excited to return, thinking a lot about the Champions League, of course. We have a strong group, conquered a historical qualification, with the same intensity and dedication, but I miss the heat of the game. I can barely wait to enter the pitch and to, if it’s God’s will, make history.”
The statements from Neymar emphasising his commitment to the PSG cause come a day after it was revealed that the Brazilian has been ordered to pay €6.7m to former club Barcelona.
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