Brazilian football sensation Neymar has responded strongly to allegations that he is actively working to have Al-Hilal manager Jorge Jesus removed from his post.
Neymar, who recently joined the Saudi club, vehemently refuted claims of orchestrating Jesus’ exit, labeling such reports as “lies” and “disrespect.” The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star signed a lucrative two-year contract with Al-Hilal last month, with the French champions receiving approximately £86 million for the transfer. Since his arrival, Neymar has made three appearances in various competitions, contributing two assists to help extend Al-Hilal’s unbeaten streak to nine matches.
However, recent developments suggest that not all is harmonious within the club. Reports originating in Spain suggest that Neymar’s relationship with manager Jorge Jesus is strained, particularly following comments made by the Portuguese coach after a 1-1 draw with Navbahor Namangan in the AFC Champions League. Allegedly, Neymar was left frustrated by Jesus’ remarks and subsequently expressed a desire to see him removed from his managerial role. These claims began circulating on social media, prompting Neymar’s response.
Taking to Instagram, the Brazilian star wrote, “Lies… Y’all got to stop believing these things, pages like this… with millions of followers you can’t keep posting fake news! With all due respect in the world, I ask you to stop this. This is a lot of disrespect.”
Jorge Jesus was appointed as Al-Hilal’s manager earlier this summer, replacing Argentine coach Emiliano Diaz. He is currently operating on a contract that extends until the conclusion of the ongoing season. In his brief tenure at the club, Jesus has overseen nine matches across various competitions, securing six victories and suffering no losses. Following the recent draw with Navbahor, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the opposing team’s tactics.
“It was an abnormal game,” he remarked. “We are prepared to play against closed opponents, but what the other team did today goes against football. They were constant wastes of time, which made my players lose focus. The game was difficult, if you can call it a game, because the team we faced was repeatedly wasting time and breaking the rhythm, and I’m not used to playing against this type of team. I’ve been a coach for 35 years and I’ve never seen anything like this, a team wasting time like Navbahor. They didn’t come in to play football. All they did was anti-play, successive fouls and wasting time, and the referee didn’t control the situation. Our draw, it didn’t come from their defensive discipline, but from something far removed from football.”
Al-Hilal is scheduled to return to action this Friday in a match against Al-Shabab as they aim to secure the top spot in the Saudi Pro League.
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