Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr has been filmed enjoying a beach voleyball kick-about in Brazil after refusing to attend pre-season training, MySportDab reports.
The 27-year-old was branded ‘deplorable’ by his club this week and is at war with PSG as he angles for a move back to Barcelona this summer, but the situation does not appear to be fazing Neymar.
Instead, the Brazilian has been spotted for the first time since PSG’s statement.
All smiles, he is enjoying an exciting week of football in his home country, first watching the Copa America final and then playing in a game of beach volleyball with friends.
Alongside Bello Soares, as well as Adriano Soncini and Fernando Leite, Neymar played under the lights at a beach volleyball tournament, laughing and joking with his pals.
The Brazilian superstar, more famous for his work on grass than sand, leaped around the court and played a number of impressive shots over the net.
After Neymar refused to return to France, PSG released this statement; ‘This Monday, July 8, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was summoned for the resumption of activities of the professional group of Paris Saint-Germain.
“Paris Saint-Germain found that the player Neymar Jr did not show up at the agreed time and place, without having been authorised by the Club in advance.
“Paris Saint-Germain deplores this situation and will take the appropriate measures resulting from it.”
Real Madrid are no longer interested in Neymar. President Florentino Perez has his sights set on trying to sign Kylian Mbappe next summer.
Barcelona still look the most likely takers but they do not have the money to pay the €200m (£180m) minimum that PSG are likely to ask.