All is not well in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room at the moment.
They may be leading Ligue 1 by nine points right now, but a number of internal problems in the squad are threatening to derail their entire season.
According to French outlet L’Equipe, there’s an ongoing battle between the two South American camps in the club.
The Brazilian corner, consisting of Neymar, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, are seemingly at loggerheads with the likes of Javier Pastore and Edison Cavani.
We all remember the infamous squabble between Neymar and Cavani earlier in the season, but it looks like the latest fracas has been instigated by Silva.
Apparently, the Brazilian centre-back did not take too kindly to Cavani and Pastore returning to Paris late from their Christmas holidays.
In fact, the pair missed the midweek 2-0 French League Cup victory over Amiens, and were both subsequently fined by boss Unai Emery.
And speaking after the game, Silva said: “There is a difference between Pastore and Cavani — I think Pastore told the club that he wanted to leave, in the end they did not find an agreement.
“With Cavani, it’s a little different.
“It’s important for the club that he comes back as soon as possible.
“They will come back, the coach and the club will give them the opportunity to come back.
“This is a very important moment for the club, we must stay together, even if they made a gesture that was not good for the group and the club.
“It is important to come back as soon as possible.
“It was an important moment for the club, we must think before making gestures like that, it’s not good for everyone.”
Pastore hit back at the skipper via his Instagram account, writing in his latest post: “I’ve never talked to T Silva about any problems or my future and I’ve never put pressure on anyone, it isn’t my style.
“He was not aware of the problem that I had which caused me to arrive back late.
“I repeat: my dream has always been to stay here.
“I’ve always been loyal and it isn’t true that I want to leave!
“I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career.”
Je n'ai jamais parlé avec T Silva de mon problème ni de mon futur. Je n'ai jamais mis la pression à personne. Ce n'est pas mon style. Il n'a pas eu connaissance du problème que j'ai eu et qui m'a fait arriver en retard… Je répète: et mon rêve a toujours été de partir le dernier. J'ai toujours été loyal. Ce n'est pas vrai que je souhaite partir ! J'aimerais rester ici pour finir ma carrière. ( Yahoo )
Reports in France suggests this latest public quarrel is another example of the great split between cliques in the dressing room at the moment.
Trouble in paradise, then?
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