A press report stated that Brazilian star Neymar plans to return to Santos at the end of next season to properly prepare for his country’s participation in the 2026 World Cup finals.
Neymar (31 years old) joined the ranks of the Saudi Arabian football club Al-Hilal in the summer of 2023 at Mercato on a contract valid for two seasons until 2025 with the option of extending for a third season.
Spanish newspaper Sport reported that friends close to Neymar and his father said the player refused to sign a 4-year contract with Al-Hilal due to his intention to return to parent club Santos, similar to made by his compatriot Robinho. made before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Sport explained that Neymar had already contacted representatives of the Santos club and discussed with them a return plan, and that, according to his close friends, he had a strong desire to wear the Brazilian club’s jersey again.
Reports recently emerged that Neymar had entered into a crisis with his Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus over the Brazilian player’s declining levels.