- Neymar was endlessly linked with a return to Barcelona over the summer
- PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has said the Brazilian may be in for a cold reception
- Fans of the Parisian club have been vocal in wanting the star to leave
- Neymar is set to return as PSG try to maintain their position at the top of Ligue 1
Neymar (left) shares a laugh with Thiago Silva (centre) during training on Friday afternoon
The 27-year-old is expected to return to action for the French champions this weekend
Thomas Tuchel has warned his star player Neymar to expect a frosty reception from PSG fans
The Brazilian was endlessly linked with a return to former club Barcelona or Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain fans unfurled banners demanding Neymar leave their club in the summer
PSG’s newest signing Mauro Icardi (left) trained alongside Kylian Mbappe (right) on Friday
PSG’s Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico (left) runs through several training drills
The reigning Ligue 1 champions are preparing for Strasbourg’s visit on Saturday evening
Neymar is set to make his return as Paris Saint Germain host Strasbourg in Ligue 1, but the Brazilian’s manager Thomas Tuchel has warned the star to expect a frosty reception from the Parisian faithful.
The 27-year-old was the talk of the most recent transfer window having been linked with a return to former club Barcelona as well as Spanish rivals Real Madrid for the duration of the summer.
It is believed that Neymar was desperate for a return to the Catalan club, having endured a miserable spell in Paris.
The failure to secure an exit from the French capital was not for the want of trying on the part of Neymar’s former team-mates at Barcelona. Attacking duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were said to be very enthusiastic about bringing the Brazilian back to the Nou Camp.
For now, Neymar remains in Paris, and is set to make his first appearance of the season having struggled to return to fitness after a long term ankle injury. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, however, has warned the winger to expect a cold welcome back to the Parc des Princes.
Speaking ahead of the Strasbourg game, Tuchel said: ‘Now that the transfer window is closed it’s not a distraction anymore. Life is not too hard for him, living and playing in Paris.
‘I can’t control how the fans will react. But the more you talk about something the more it becomes a big thing.’
The PSG faithful have grown tired of the theatrics of their world record signing. During their opening Ligue 1 win over Nimes, a banner was unfurled calling for the Brazilian to leave the club. Fans could also be heard chanting against the forward.
Tuchel’s side will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the table this weekend when they play 17th-placed Strasbourg in Ligue 1.