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Neymar expresses desire to play in MLS before retirement

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 21 Feb 2022

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Neymar has suggested he could move to Major League Soccer before hanging up his boots, rather than return to play in his native Brazil.

The 30-year-old has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2025, and has scored 91 goals in 132 games since moving to the French capital in a world-record transfer from Barcelona in 2017.

He scored his first goal since returning from an ankle injury, but also saw a tame penalty saved by Alban Lafont in PSG’s shock 3-1 defeat at Nantes on Saturday.

Speaking to the Fenomenos podcast, Neymar said: “I don’t know if I’ll play in Brazil again. I have some doubts about that.

“I’d love to play in the US actually. I’d love to play there at least for a season.”

Neymar joked that he would benefit from the shorter regular season in MLS, adding: “Their season is shorter, so I’d get three months’ vacation.”

He has previously been linked with a move to Inter Miami, with co-owner David Beckham jokingly offering him a contract in an interview for Otro two years ago.

Neymar also said he remains unsure how long he will go on playing for, but that he intends to do so as long as his mental health will allow.

“I joke with my friends that I will retire when I’m 32. But it’s just a joke. I don’t know,” he said.

“Honestly, I will play until I’m mentally tired. If my mental health is ok and my body as well. Physically, I think I’ll still last a few years. But my mental health is the most important thing.”

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