Neymar ready to go for Paris St Germain – coach Unai Emery
Neymar is raring to go as he prepares for his Paris St Germain debut against Guingamp on Sunday.
That certainty was expressed by head coach Unai Emery as he prepared PSG for the trip west to Brittany.
And with international transfer documents finally received by the French Football Federation from their Spanish counterparts, the world’s most expensive footballer is primed for a first appearance with his new team.
It looks set to come in the 18,000-capacity Stade de Roudourou, in the tiny town of Guingamp which could fit its population twice over into the stadium, on the same evening that Neymar’s former club Barcelona tackle Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa.
Neymar knew what he was leaving behind by swapping life at the Nou Camp for his Ligue 1 challenge, and Emery is sure the player who cost 222 million euros (B£200.6million) will be keen to impress.
“Everything’s going well, he’s ready, he’s showing a lot of good things and adapting very well with the squad,” said Emery.
The Spanish boss added: “He’s feeling good in training, we’ve worked on tactics and dead-ball situations. We all want to see him on the pitch. We need him with us and to start as soon as possible.”
After the turbulent nature of his move from Barcelona, which saw Neymar buy himself out of his own contract before moving to France, the new recruit will be afforded time to settle in.
“He has to take time to adapt to his new environment,” said Emery, according to PSG’s website. “It’s a new life, a new city… in the squad he already knows many of the players and feels good with everyone.”
Paris St Germain began their league campaign with a 2-0 win over Amiens last weekend, with Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore on target.
Guingamp were also strong starters as they secured a 3-1 victory at Metz, and their coach Antoine Kombouare has told his players the stakes are the same this week, even if the opposition might be of a higher profile.
He said: “Of course with Neymar it’s different, but it’s three points to play for and we’ll try to win the match.”
Kombouare, a former PSG player, said his players were “calm, serene”, despite saying of the arrival of Neymar: “It’s the transfer of the century, he’s a megastar.”
He added, according to L’Equipe: “We like challenges. When you like competition, you like to play against the best.
“You want to play against (Lionel) Messi, you want to play against (Cristiano) Ronaldo. It’s in this spirit that you do your job.”