July 6, 2022

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Neymar ‘has matured a lot’ and ‘increased his arsenal’ at PSG, claims Tite

Brazil manager Tite believes Neymar’s level of maturity has improved during his time at Paris Saint-Germain.

The star forward made the move from Barcelona to the Ligue 1 giants in the summer of 2017 for a world-record £198million.

Neymar will enter the final 12 months of his deal at the Parc des Princes in June but has frequently been linked with a return to the Nou Camp and Tite insists the attacker has developed his game in France

Neymar joined PSG in the summer of 2017

Neymar joined PSG in the summer of 2017

He was previously at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017

He was previously at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017

Neymar made the £198m world-record move from Barcelona to PSG in the summer of 2017

‘Neymar has matured a lot. Before, when he was at Barcelona and in my early days with the Selecao, he was a player who would be out on the wing, would score goals, had pace, would dribble, do individual plays,’ he told FIFA.com.

‘Now he’s expanded the area in which he plays and, as well as being a goalscorer, he creates plays for others. He’s now what we call a ‘bow and arrow’ – he can set things up and finish things off.

‘He’s increased his arsenal.’

Brazil manager Tite believes Neymar's level of maturity has improved during his time at PSG

Brazil manager Tite believes Neymar's level of maturity has improved during his time at PSG

Brazil manager Tite believes Neymar’s level of maturity has improved during his time at PSG

Neymar notched 105 goals and supplied 76 assists in 186 appearances for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, a rate of just over a goal every other game.

While at PSG he’s bagged 83 goals and provided 47 assists in 103 matches, a rate of 0.8 a goal every 90 minutes. 

Tite urged Neymar to show more ‘maturity’ in the past. The star was booked for dissent that resulted him being banned for a World Cup qualifier in 2016.

PSG sporting director Leonardo revealed negotiations with Neymar over penning fresh terms at the club were ‘on the right track’ last week.

The Brazilian is currently enduring a spell on the sidelines, nursing a groin injury and missed a reunion with Barcelona in the Champions League. PSG thrashed Ronald Koeman’s side 4-1 in the last-16 first leg tie with the return leg to come on March 10. 

Neymar is one of Brazil's stars and Tite insists forward's 'arsenal' has improved in recent years

Neymar is one of Brazil's stars and Tite insists forward's 'arsenal' has improved in recent years

Neymar is one of Brazil’s stars and Tite insists forward’s ‘arsenal’ has improved in recent years