Brazilian star Neymar goes AWOL, doesn't report for PSG pre-season

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"This was without the club's prior authorisation", read a statement.

Paris Saint-Germain regrets this situation and will be taking appropriate measures as a result. He continued: "The reason why he was absent was already known, it been in his diary over a year ago and couldn't be changed". He will be there on 15th [of July].

"It's as simple as that, no drama".

Neymar is understood to have commitments with his charitable institute in Brazil this week and will not cancel plans with children involved in the project.

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Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona for a world record 222m euros (£200m) in August 2017.

"Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid." the statement said.

Failing to report for training casts doubt on his future in the French capital, with Real Madrid also having long had a reported interest in the 27-year-old. He had formed a brilliant attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The Catalan club asked for a deferred payment of the buyout clause of 120 million euros ($135 million), a request Atletico said it "obviously" denied.

Other PSG stars including star striker Kylian Mbappe were pictured being put through their paces on the first day of pre-season on Monday, although Neymar was not among them and is now apparently AWOL.

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Neymar's time at PSG has been punctured by injury and controversy.

And the Brazilian star will miss three Champions League matches next season as punishment for insulting a referee following Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League collapse against Manchester United.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar, has gone AWOL as he tries to force a move away from the club.

"Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before", he told France Football.

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While the rest of the Brazil internationals at PSG are off until August 5, due to the Copa America, which they won on Sunday, PSG don't consider Neymar part of that group as he got injured in a warmup game against Qatar.

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