Last Updated: 12/05/19 10:29am
Boss Thomas Tuchel believes forward Neymar “does not have the profile” to become a future Paris Saint-Germain captain.
The Brazilian starred as PSG beat Angers 2-1 on Saturday, opening the scoring and assisting Angel Di Maria for the second before Flavien Tait pulled one back for the hosts.
And with captain Marquinhos dismissed for grasping forward Wilfried Kanga late on, Tuchel was faced with calls to install Neymar as captain moving forward – despite Marquinhos currently sharing the role with Thiago Silva.
But despite Neymar appointed captain of Brazil last September, Tuchel remained undeterred on the issue of PSG’s captaincy after the Angers win.
“For me, [Neymar] does not have the profile to be the captain with the armband,” Tuchel said.
“He is a technical leader and attacker. I do not understand why everyone is talking about this thing. We have Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, they are fantastic and we are not going to change.”
Neymar was also likely to be playing his final league match of the season, having been given a three match ban for lashing out at a fan following a loss to Rennes on penalties in the French Cup final last month.
The French soccer federation’s disciplinary commission then added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.
And although both the player and club are to appeal the ban, should it be upheld Neymar will not only miss PSG’s last two games but the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on August 3.