- Neymar was granted permission to return to Brazil to deal with ‘personal affairs’
- Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery says Neymar has ‘important family issues’
- The 25-year-old was given three days off and missed the club’s Christmas dinner
- The £198million record signing was banned for PSG’s 3-1 victory over Lille
The 25-year-old was given three days off as PSG boss Unai Emery granted him permission to return to his home country to deal with the ‘personal affairs’.
Neymar will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Strasbourg after returning home to Brazil
PSG boss Unai Emery gave the forward three days off to deal with the ‘important family issues’
The Spanish boss has not named the Brazilian forward in his team after revealing his whereabouts to journalists.
‘He called me on Saturday morning to tell me he had an important thing in his family and asked me if the club and I agreed to let him go to Brazil,’ Unai Emery said at his pre-match press conference. ‘It was important for him.
‘The human element is important, sometimes the work goes into the background.’
Neymar took to Twitter to say: ‘Focus, faith and celebrating one more day!!’ ahead of his return
Neymar, who is normally prolific on social media, has been surprisingly quiet for the past few days as he attends to the family matters.
The former Barcelona man did take to Twitter to post ‘Focus, faith and celebrating one more day!!’ as he prepares to return to the French capital this week.
Neymar was also pictured at a family party with close friends, with his sister being the reason behind his return to Brazil, according to L’Equipe.
The winger was pictured with friend Reinaldo Pitta’s father, Guilherme, who posted a photo with Neymar on Instagram saying: ‘Thanks for the visit, you’re still the same guy, that’s why you’re loved, thank you Neymar, a great gift to receive you at my party.’
Neymar is expected to return to the PSG side in time for their trip to Rennes on Saturday afternoon.
Neymar posed with family friend Guilherme Pitta at a party in Brazil at the weekend