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'it's very unfair'

Neymar slates PSG’s offloading of pal Lucas Moura to Tottenham and questions top brass’ tactics

World-record buy says his fellow 25-year-old Brazilian is a 'good guy' and a quality player who 'should never have left'

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.

Brazil winger Lucas Moura has joined Spurs, to the despair of his PSG team-mate Neymar

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Spurs nabbed Brazil winger Lucas Moura, to the despair of his PSG pal Neymar

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.”


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Neymar has praised Spurs new boy Lucas Moura as both a person and a player

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Neymar has praised Spurs new boy Lucas Moura as both a person and a player

Winger Lucas Moura will hope his disappointing season with PSG is no reflection of his forthcoming fortunes with Spurs after a £25m switch from Paris to London

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Winger Lucas Moura will hope his disappointing season with PSG is no reflection of his forthcoming fortunes with Spurs after a £25m switch from Paris to London

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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Neymar defended his showboating after PSG beat Rennes to reach the French League Cup final

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Neymar defended his showboating after PSG beat Rennes 3-2 last night

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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.”

Lucas Moura failed to start for PSG this season but Spurs know he is eligible for them in the Champions League

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Lucas Moura failed to start for Paris Saint-Germain this season but Tottenham know the wideman is eligible for them in the Champions League