Neymar has slated Paris Saint-Germain’s “unfair” decision to offload pal Lucas Moura to Tottenham.
Winger Moura failed to start in Ligue 1 this season while fellow 25-year-old Brazilian Neymar has been a free-scoring hit since his world-record £198million switch from Barcelona last summer.
Goal.com report striker Neymar as saying: “I’m sad, because he’s a good friend, he’s a quality player who was rarely used.
“I think it’s very unfair. He is my brother in football. I wish him the best.
“Whatever the destination, I hope he will score a lot and he will return to the Brazilian national team.
“He’s not just a friend, he’s a very good guy. Here he could have been used a lot more but I’m not the owner of the team, not the owner of Paris. For me, he should never have left Paris.”
Former Sao Paulo winger Moura, who has 36 caps, arrived in London to complete his £25m move from the French League Leagers to fifth-placed Prem side Spurs.
And after being used just six times by PSG boss Unai Emery this season, he can play for Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 against Juventus next month.
Moura leapt to the front of targets for Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino after Crystal Palace insisted Wilfriend Zaha would not be sold at any price.
Neymar, meanwhile, has had to defend himself again after a new controversy.
Rumours continue that he is unsettled at PSG, heightening rumours of interest from Real Madrid at the end of the season.
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And this time Neymar has been criticised for showboating as PSG beat Rennes 3-2 on Tuesday night to reach the French League Cup final – despite Kylian Mbappe being sent off on his return from injury.
Rennes were angered at Neymar controlling a ball on his back and flicking it over Benjamin Bourigeaud’s head.
And in stoppage time Neymar put his hand out to apparently help Hamari Traore up – only to pull it away when the Rennes right-back tried to grasp it.
Neymar claimed his antics were not unsportsmanlike, just his unique response to regular provocation from opposition players.
He said: “They beat me and I play football. They provoke but I also know how to provoke in my own way, with the ball, with my football.
“I know people will talk about that but they have to put themselves in my shoes.
“It’s no good for defenders to provoke me because I’m going to provoke even more. And I will win with my team.”