Football is renowned for taking many twists and turns during the course of the season, and with Neymar set to renew his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, this could be yet another example of an unexpected event.
Neymar is set to complete his fourth year at PSG, even though he seemed as though he was destined for a move back to Barcelona.
His return to the Camp Nou was very close at one point but it now seems further away than ever, with the Brazilian looking to extend his contract with PSG beyond its current end date of 2022.
So, what has changed Neymar’s mind in a very short period of time?
The player has gone from being rebuked by his own fans for wanting to leave PSG to being the great star that was expected when he signed three and a half years ago.
According to the Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo, the 28-year-old is close to accepting a contract renewal with the Parisian club and will sign it in the coming days.
There are several reasons that have led Neymar to change his mind, and feeling like an important part of the PSG project is one of those.
Another reason could be the harmony that has been reached between Neymar and PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo, with their relationship reportedly having improved.
Neymar originally rejected the first contract renewal talks with PSG, according to several Catalan media outlets, however he now seems a lot happier and settled at the club. It could be a matter of days before PSG formally lock him into another contract.