Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar fuelled rumours of a potential exit on Tuesday with a cryptic Instagram story referencing a Bob Marley quote.The Brazil star has been widely linked with move away from the Ligue 1 side, with Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid all linked to the winger.Paris Saint-Germain are open to the idea of a loan deal for Neymar, with a subsequent obligation to buy as Neymar looks to make his way out of the club after signing for a world-record fee of €222 million (£200m/$263m) just two years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Neymar was criticized by the club’s fans at PSG’s opening match of the Ligue 1 campaign, as supporters told the forward to “get out” while calling him a “son of a b*tch”.And the former Barcelona star has seemingly responded, alluding to a famous quote from the legendary Jamaican reggae artist on his Instagram story.”People are hated when they are real, and loved when they are fake,” Neymar said over a photo depicting Marley.#Neymar sur instagram : « Le problème est que les gens sont haïs quand ils sont réels et sont aimés quand ils sont faux » pic.twitter.com/Ok8QmRVo29— NeymarFR (@NeymarFr_) August 20, 2019While the forward missed the season-opening 3-0 win over Nimes, Neymar’s absence from the PSG squad continued this past Sunday as the Ligue 1 champions fell to a 2-1 loss at Rennes in their first away outing of the new campaign.Neymar came under criticism before the domestic campaign even started when the world’s most expensive signing missed the opening days of preseason training, although his father said the absence was one that had been previously excused.The player and the club have seemingly been at odds ever since as Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action since early June.That injury, suffered in a summer friendly against Qatar, ruled the winger out for this summer’s Copa America, a tournament that Brazil went on to win on home soil.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel insisted on Sunday that Neymar will not leave the club without a proper replacement coming in, adding that the forward’s situation was not yet clear.It will become clear before the close of the transfer window on September 2.Before that, though, PSG will take on Toulouse on Sunday at the Parc des Princes before facing Metz away from home on August 30 in the club’s final match before the window slams shut.
Sergio Ramos has revealed that referee Deniz Aytekin apologised to him for showing him a yellow card after his goal celebration in Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania on Thursday.The Real Madrid centre-back opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Bucharest, converting his 10th penalty out of 12 attempts from 12 yards for his country, with the in-form Paco Alcacer doubling the lead.But after he made a glasses gesture by putting his hands to his face as he celebrated his goal, referee Aytekin decided to show Ramos a yellow card, seemingly thinking he was trying to provoke the crowd. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But Ramos explained that the celebration was intended to be a message for his nephew, who wears glasses, and that the match official apologised to him after the game.”I already talked to the referee,” he explained. “It was to dedicate the goal to my nephew, who also wears glasses to see like me.”It was to tell him that there is nothing wrong with wearing glasses. I was going to the camera. The referee understood, he apologised and regretted it.”Ramos also urged Spain to show more of a clinical edge after they needed a superb Kepa Arrizabalaga save in stoppage time to claim all three points in the Euro 2020 qualifying clash.Substitute Florin Andone had earlier cut the deficit for Cosmin Contra’s side and Spain had Diego Llorente sent off with 11 minutes remaining after the defender brought down George Puscas.Kepa then justified his selection over David de Gea when he thrust out a leg to keep out a Puscas header as Spain made it five wins from five in Group F to give coach Robert Moreno victory in his first game since being named Luis Enrique’s permanent successor.”We knew that it was going to be a complicated scenario,” Ramos added.”Any national match has a tremendous difficulty, and it has been that way. Despite having made a great first half to have more of an advantage, it has not been so.”We must learn to kill off these matches, not to reach the end with fear of losing all three points.”Maximum points at the halfway stage of the qualifying campaign means Euro 2012 winners Spain are almost assured of their place at next year’s tournament.But ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Faroe Islands, Ramos told his team not to take their eye off the prize.”Winning away from home and achieving the goal gives you that peace of mind,” he said. “But we have not done anything yet because we want to be first in the group and get to 30 points.”