Paris Saint-Germain's dream of joining Europe's elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win yesterday [Macau time].
The report states that the father of the Brazilian has already met representatives from Real over a potential summer move. This was after PSG's 2-1 home defeat to defending champion Real Madrid completed a resounding 5-2 aggregate loss. Meanwhile, according to AS, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has kept Neymar's valuation at staggering €400 million.
As fans we ingest the optimism galvanised by PSG's wonderfully creative social media team. "We aren't going to talk about suppositions". "He could play at any club". In the same time, Lucas has started four, being left out against Getafe to again keep him fresh for Paris.
A rare and more accurate assessment of where PSG stands came from PSG center half Marquinhos. "We didn't do what we needed to do to win", he said.
"I don't have to convince anyone", Zidane said. We kept our end of the bargain, as we always do, we did as they asked.
That is a damning statistic for a club with their means and ambitions. "Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal".
A similar story has played out in Paris.
This is a club without a rich history in the competition, their one and only semifinal appearance coming back in 1995.
The Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims the Brazilian superstar, recovering from surgery on a broken foot in Brazil, has made contact with Barca to ask how he could engineer a return. If he'd passed more, PSG might have sneaked a 3-3 draw.
Emery also responded to criticism from Julian Draxler, the Germany international having indicated the PSG coach was too cautious against Madrid. He had netted twice in the first leg.
And despite its vast gas riches, the boycott by its regional rivals has hit Doha's economy.
Elimination will be costly.
This all seems like a roll on of the implosion which envelops PSG every time they're knocked out of the Champions League, and the club need to get something of a grip. Even when Blanc was in charge, he repeatedly warned Verratti to hold his temper. They helped Madrid make a crucial late run that led to two goals and the victory. And neither of them can be bought. And MD notes that there is a possibility his apparent desperation to return is a charade to justify a future move to Real Madrid.