Neymar in line for debut as PSG go to Guingamp

Neymar is poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday when they travel to Guingamp in their second game of the Ligue 1 season.

The French Football Federation finally received the necessary documents to register the Brazilian on Friday after Barcelona confirmed the 222 million-euro ($261 million) cheque used to pay his buyout clause had cleared.

“Neymar’s contract will be ratified during the afternoon. He will be able to play on Sunday,” said the LFP on Friday.

The world’s most expensive player should therefore run out into the mundane surroundings of the Stade du Roduourou — capacity just over 15,000 — in the tiny Brittany town of barely 7,000 people.

“Quite honestly it’s better if he’s there, much better,” said Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouare, a former PSG player and Paris coach from 2009 to 2011.

“For us it is an extra source of motivation. We know that by beating PSG with Neymar it would be even more momentous.

“If Neymar is there it is all the better for the spectacle, for the supporters and for those who want to see him play, but we will be ready with or without him.”

Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans at the Parc des Princes last weekend but was forced to watch from the stands as his new team-mates cruised to a low-key 2-0 win over newly-promoted Amiens in their Ligue 1 opener.

The 25-year-old Brazilian scored 105 goals in his four seasons at Barcelona, and his new team will be expecting him to score far more over the next few years.

Although the main goal for the capital club is to finally challenge for the Champions League crown, their first task this term will be to retake the Ligue 1 title from Monaco.

 

 

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AFP

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