Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino is willing to assist Neymar after his comments on his football future surprised many. Pochettino promised that Neymar will have all the support he requires at the French football club after the Brazil superstar questioned his long-term future in football. Despite the difficulties of putting together such an intriguing partnership, Neymar has stated that he is unclear if he has the “strength of mind to deal with football” for much longer and that he will likely play his final World Cup in Qatar next year.
Neymar extended his contract with PSG through 2025 in May, and Lionel Messi has joined him at the Parc des Princes this season. Both have the potential to form one of the best strike forces in the world with Kylian Mbappe, albeit the trio is still finding their feet as a unit.
On Thursday PSG boss told a news conference, “Neymar is an honest person and a player who expresses his feelings quickly. But I think his mental strength, considering he has been playing football since a very young age and has always had the media spotlight on him, I don’t think there are any problems. Sometimes things are taken out of context, but I have no doubt he enjoys his football and I’m sure he will play for many years. I don’t have any doubts about that.”
Asked about mental health in football, in relation to Neymar’s comments, Pochettino said: “This is something that exists in high-level sport. As the coaching staff it is our job to have certain tools in place to help our players. But I also don’t like talking about this in such a surface-level way, because I think it is much more complicated than that. Certain things cannot be taken out of context and we can’t simplify these situations, particularly ones that we are not going through ourselves.”
“We are always very worried about our players’ physical and mental well-being, so we are always available to help them.” Focusing on Neymar, Pochettino said: “His passion for football is on display with us every day so I have no doubts about that.”