"It's sad, but I know that from today, I'll play every game as if I were playing away".
Neymar scored a last-gasp victor for Paris Saint-Germain against Strasbourg to defy vocal criticism from the home crowd at the Parc des Princes. In his return, it was already expected that the game will generate a lot of drama. I have nothing against the fans or PSG.
It was a remarkable goal and a reminder of why PSG paid a world record 222 million euros ($264 million at the time) to sign Neymar in 2017.
Neymar has insisted that following Paris Saint-Germain's narrow win over Strasbourg on Saturday, every home match will feel like an away fixture after being heavily booed by his own supporters at the Parc des Princes.
Levante reduced the deficit to one goal with 15 minutes to go thanks to a near-post header from Gonzalo Melero and twice came close to levelling in stoppage time but Real scraped the victory to move on to eight points after four games. For me, I do not want to judge if it was too much or too harsh, because they are our fans, it was not easy for them either during this transfer window with Ney and things between him and PSG. "He needs to make his return as he is a PSG player, so he is in the squad for this one", he said.
But after the Spanish side were unable to wrap up negotiations, Neymar was resigned to once again securing his future in the French capital for at least another season.
Most irritatingly, they occurred just when the team needed him most, contributing to Champions League exits to Real Madrid and Manchester United.
"There were some reasons, mostly personal [for wanting to leave PSG]". I am not going to get into the details of what happened. Our fans love the club and that's why it was not easy for them. "However, whenever I am on the pitch, I have responded".
It's the sort of magic that Neymar can produce at any moment, even when he's clearly fed up with this PSG team and all but openly pining to move back to a club in Spain. Neymar was reportedly pursuing a return to Barcelona but reports emerged that Barcelona made a decision to back out of a deal. "I always thought that Neymar's return to Barça was very hard", he told RMC Sport.