Pochettino pledges an unquestionable support to Neymar

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Brazilian international and Paris St Germain striker, Neymar, will get all the needed support while in Paris St Germain says the club’s manager Pochettino.

Pochettino’s pledge of support came after the 29 year old Brazilian made it known that he would likely drop the boot after 2022 Qatar World Cup, because he is unsure if he has the “strength of mind to deal with football” much longer.

In May, Neymar signed a new contract to stay with PSG until 2025, and this season he has been joined by Lionel Messi at the Parc des Princes.

With Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi at PSG’s front line, they’d forge a great world known strike, although as it seems now, the trio are hoping to understand their combination.

“Neymar is an honest person and a player who expresses his feelings quickly,” PSG boss Pochettino told a news conference on Thursday.

“But I think his mental strength, considering he has been playing football since a very young age and has always had the media spotlight on him, I don’t think there are any problems”, he added.

Going further, Pochettino said: “Sometimes things are taken out of context, but I have no doubt he enjoys his football and I’m sure he will play for many years. I don’t have any doubts about that.”

When asked about mental health in football, in relation to Neymar’s comments, Pochettino said: “This is something that exists in high-level sport. As the coaching staff it is our job to have certain tools in place to help our players.

“But I also don’t like talking about this in such a surface-level way, because I think it is much more complicated than that. Certain things cannot be taken out of context and we can’t simplify these situations, particularly ones that we are not going through ourselves.

“We are always very worried about our players’ physical and mental well-being, so we are always available to help them.”

Emphasising his lack of doubts, Pochettino said in conclusion that “His [Neymar’s] passion for football is on display with us every day so I have no doubts about that.”