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FRANCE - Neymar set for PSG debut on Sunday night as Barcelona finally release Brazil star's registration to the French FA
Neymar is set to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, in their Ligue 1 clash with Guingamp. The world's most expensive player should be free to make his first appearance for Les Parisiens since arriving fromBarcelona,after the bank problem holding up his registration was finally cleared.
The 25-year-old, who has moved to Paris from Camp Nou for a staggering £200million, was unable to make his debut in the Ligue 1 opener against Amiens last weekend as his registration hadn't been finalised. Neymar had been waiting on his International Transfer Certificate (ITC), but the Spanish club refused to clear it until they had received his full transfer fee. That money has now been received and the player's registration is now with the French FA, the FFF have confirmed.
PSG face Guingamp at the 18,363-capacity Stade du Roudourou on Sunday night - the same time as Barcelona face Real Madrid in front of 98,000 in Catalunya.
The French FA will now pass to league (LFP) officials his ITC, and provided they process his registration by midnight on Saturday Neymar can then take his place in the PSG starting XI for the first time the following evening.
Neymar took part in an open training session on Friday, and his Brazil manager, Tite, believes that, despite his switch to a supposed lesser league, he is still the main rival to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or.
"There are three players fighting for that position: Cristiano, Messi and Neymar," Tite said. "Cristiano and Messi are from a different generation, and Neymar will get there. That will depend on his performances, not on whether he plays with Messi.
"The essence is that he likes to play football. The important thing is that he is well and adapted in his new club. Values and money do not change anything. He went to another club, as he said, to seek new perspectives."