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Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Neymar’s £670,000-a-week contract at Paris Saint-Germain is set to be extended next week after he turned down a move Newcastle United, according to reports in France.

The Brazilian last agreed an extended contract with the French champions in 2021, tying him to the club until 2025. However, L’Equipe reports that an automatic renewal will be triggered on July 1, extending the contract for an additional year before the same thing happens again on July 1, 2023.

There were doubts about Neymar’s future, with rumors PSG were ready to let him after a so-so season for club and player and Kylian Mbappé’s own surprise decision to sign a big new deal rather than join Real Madrid.

Earlier this week, PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi refused to confirm Neymar would stay beyond the current transfer window.

“I expected all players to do better than last season,” Al-Khelaifi said in a press conference. ‘Much more! The message is clear: work 200% every day. Giving everything for this shirt, giving everything, and then we’ll see what the result is like.

“We have to be humble again. We need to adapt to avoid injuries, suspensions and fouls that can change the game. We will stop saying that we want to win this and that. We build. We have to discipline ourselves, on and off the field. […] If you want to stay in your comfort zone, stay out.”

The Qatari made a non-binding statement on Neymar’s future.

“Some will come and some will go, but these are private negotiations,” he said when asked directly about Neymar by Marca.

The L’Équipe report adds that Newcastle United had shown interest in bringing Neymar to the Premier League but that the former Santos strikers showed no interest in taking on the Qatari state’s sportswear project with PSG against the north-eastern equivalent of the Saudi exchange Arab state.

Neymar has scored 100 goals and provided 60 assists for PSG, who were signed by Barcelona for around £200m in 2017, although just 22 of those appearances and 13 of his goals came in an injury-plagued 2021/22 season.

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