Print Edition - 2017-09-13 | Sports
Neymar signing great for France, says PSG prez
Sep 13, 2017-The signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar for a world record fee by Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain is “amazing for France”, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told the Daily Telegraph.
Al-Khelaifi, however, told the Telegraph in an interview published on the eve of PSG’s Champions League opener against Celtic in Glasgow that Neymar’s arrival should be celebrated as it has also opened up Europe’s premier club competition. “Neymar is an international superstar,” said Al-Khelaifi.
“An international brand. Everybody is asking ‘what’s going on in France and in the French league? Neymar is playing for Paris Saint-Germain!’ Even people who are not interested in football are saying that. Neymar’s first match in Guingamp was broadcast to 183 countries. It was amazing for France and the French league.”
“It is good also for the Champions League because you will have another club competing—I am not saying by any means we are there yet—but it’s important to have new clubs coming and clubs with ambition,” added Al-Khelaifi, who said winning the Champions League is the “ultimate goal”.
He also said the impact on the profile of the club globally caused by Neymar’s signing had been astonishing. “Today we have a good problem to solve—we don’t have enough jerseys!” he said.
Published: 13-09-2017 08:08