Neymar told he "has to go to Chelsea" as ex-PSG star Silva hopes for reunion

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has urged his international teammate Neymar to follow in his footsteps and leave Paris Saint-Germain to join him at Stamford Bridge.

Silva has been a revelation for the Blues, and the importance of his experience in the dressing room cannot be understated. He made 32 Premier League appearances last season and earned himself a one-year contract extension in January.

And the former AC Milan star thinks that Neymar, who he spent three years with at PSG, could enjoy a fruitful time at Chelsea if he made the decision to leave Le Parc des Princes. The winger has been linked with a move to the Blues this summer, who are keen to rejuvenate their frontline ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Speaking to the Brazilian media about the prospect of the move, Silva said: “He has to go to Chelsea. If it happens, it will be for the best.

“He needs no comments… So far, I don’t know anything, but I hope it comes to fruition.”

Neymar signed for PSG in 2017 for a whopping £198million but has recently looked like his head is elsewhere despite being reunited with Lionel Messi last season and forming an unbelievable partnership with Ballon d’Or winner in-waiting Kylian Mbappe. The 30-year-old scored 13 in 20 league appearances last season in an injury-ridden campaign.

RMC Sport have reported that Neymar has recently been told by PSG that he is free to leave the club as they look to rebuild their squad this summer. Thus, if Chelsea want to act upon their speculated interest in the former Barcelona star then the Ligue 1 side would not stand in their way.

However, the Blues are already close to securing the signature of a Brazilian winger already this summer – Leeds’ Raphinha. Thomas Tuchel’s side jumped to the front of the queue to secure his signature earlier this week despite indications that he was Arsenal-bound.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea has agreed a fee of £55m with Leeds for the forward, who was crucial in their survival last season and are now waiting to agree personal terms with the player. With so much interest in the former Rennes star, the London side want the deal to be completed as soon as possible. But, of course, his arrival may mean that Neymar is surplus to requirements, whether he is available or not.

Source: Read Full Article