Neymar snubbed by Paris Saint-Germain boss after Kylian Mbappe rift?


Despite claiming a comfortable 5-2 win over Montpellier on the weekend, PSG's victory was marred with controversy as attacking duo Neymar and Mbappe had a disagreement over a penalty.

Earlier in the match, the France international, in his first official game of the season for Les Parisiens, had stepped up to take a spot-kick, but this was saved by Montpellier goalkeeper Jonas Omlin.

A few minutes later, PSG were awarded another penalty, and the 23-year-old insisted on taking it too, a request Neymar refused.

The former FC Barcelona star then converted from the spot, but the damage between him and his teammate had seemingly already been done as several reports in France claim the pair were involved in a dressing room bust-up after the match, with objects said to have been thrown during the scuffle.

Neymar later "liked" two tweets on Twitter criticising Mbappe's attitude since he signed his new contract in Paris, leading to reports that the Frenchman has asked the club to sell the Selecao attacker as soon as possible.

With the tensions between the pair high, the club is said to have since held a meeting to discuss the issue, with manager Galtier and sporting advisor Luis Campos both present to mediate the situation.

According to Le Parisien, both players were reprimanded and told to settle their conflict behind closed doors. 

It is further claimed that although tensions have been calmed, Galtier has decided that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner will remain the team's designated penalty-taker despite his miss on Saturday, which would come as a blow to the Brazil No. 10 given that he converted from the spot.

Neymar had also scored a penalty in both of PSG's two matches prior to the fixture against Montpellier, against Nantes in the Trophee des Champions and in their league opener against Clermont, while Mbappe was absent from the squad due to suspension and then a minor injury.