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Neymar’s dad explains why he is not with PSG for pre-season training

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The Brazilian has played down speculation

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Neymar’s dad has tried to explain why his son failed to turn up to Paris Saint-Germain pre-season training on Monday.

The Brazilian was expected back but failed to show, leading the club to issue a statement saying they “deplore the situation” and plan to take action.

However, Neymar Sr. reckons that the club were told the 27-year-old would not be back for another week because of charity commitments.

Neymar is not the only player linked with a move to Barcelona to have failed to turn up to pre-season training. Antoine Griezmann was not part of the Atletico Madrid that returned to action on Sunday as speculation over moves for both players continues to rumble on.