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Neymar presented to Paris Saint-Germain fans in opening day win

Neymar promised to win “lots of trophies” after receiving a warm welcome as he was introduced to Paris Saint-Germain supporters on the club’s opening day win against Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Neymar, 25, joined the French club from FC Barcelona for a fee of 222m euros and will earn 45m euros a year, but will only start paying his dues in at least another week.

This was because the most expensive player in the player had been forced to watch from the stands because his international transfer certificate was not lodged in time for him to feature in the match, despite his move from Barca being completed the previous day.

As such, Neymar was only afforded a brief presentation at PSG’s home stadium where he juggled a ball, blew kisses to fans and toss a jersey into the crowd, although later in the day he would have the Eiffel Tower lit in the club’s colours to welcome the him to the city.

“I’m delighted to be here for this new challenge,” said Neymar as he addressed the crowd at the Parc des Princes. “I want to win many trophies with you, (and) I will need your support.”

After 24 minutes on the field, Neymar left to make way for his new team-mates who went on 2-0 win over Amiens, a team playing in the French top flight for the first time.

“Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it’s fantastic for us. We are very happy with his arrival,” Javier Pastore, who scored PSG’s second goal against Amiens, said. “We are only hoping that he has the freedom to play and help us win everything this year.”

“Our style won’t change. It’s similar to Barcelona’s, with possession and a lot of movement. He’s a decisive player. The entire team will help him become the best in the world.”

Top European clubs accused by Monaco of tapping up Kylian Mbappe

French Ligue champions Monaco has accused four amongst European elite clubs for for allegedly making unauthorised approach to Kylian Mbappe.

Monaco is threatening to report those clubs, which includes Real Madrid, Manchester City and Monaco’s own Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain of tapping up the 18-year-old, who is considered one of the best players in Europe at the moment.

The young French international, who was recently capped by France, scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season as they won Ligue 1 for the first time in 17 years and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

A statement from the Ligue 1 champions read: “Monaco regretfully notice that ‘important’ European football clubs made contacts with Kylian Mbappe (and his entourage) without its authorisation.”

“Monaco want to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to the article 211 of the administrative regulation of the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and to the article 18.3 of the regulation of the status and the transfer of the players of FIFA.”

“To put an end to this unacceptable situation, Monaco are considering asking the French Football League and FIFA to bring disciplinary proceedings against the offending clubs.”

However, while Arsenal have also been strongly linked with Mbappe, and Monaco reportedly rejected an £87m bid for the France international in June, Manchester City is the only Premier League team accused of approaching the young star.

City also had a €50m (£44.5m) bid for the left-back Benjamin Mendy rejected, with Monaco demanding a fee closer to the £50m-plus deal paid to Tottenham Hotspur for the right-back Kyle Walker.

Marco Verratti: future at PSG remains in doubt

Marco Verratti is happy with life at Paris Saint-Germain, but does not place resistance against the idea of a switch back to his homeland.

Verratti, 24, has often been linked with a move away from the PSG after becoming a key player in their midfield since his arrival from Pescara in 2012.

The Italian international — who featured for his country in their World Cup qualifying victory over Albania last Friday — has reiterated his intention to remain at PSG for the foreseeable future, although he acknowledged he would not be against a return to Serie A further down the line.

“My team-mates have always been close to me, I feel at home there and will always be fond of the Paris Saint-Germain fans,” Verratti said. “I’m fine in Paris, I will speak with the club and we will see the better choice, (but) Serie A is a great league, just like in Spain or England, so if one day if I were to leave Paris, I’d evaluate and see what to do.”

“I think Juve are right now one of the best four sides in the world and will get stronger over the next three or four years. If I was to leave Paris one day, I’d have no problem going to Serie A.”

Italy and Juventus legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a landmark 1,000th official career appearance during the win over Albania and although Verratti idolises the Juve veteran, he says the 39-year-old has not attempted to talk him into a switch to Turin.

“Buffon is a fantastic person, he knows when to find the right words at the right time. He’s the kind of player and man we’ll have trouble finding again,” Verratti said.

“Gigi didn’t talk to me about Juventus. He knows what I want, which is to stay in Paris.”