Neymar’s time in Saudi Arabia has gotten off to a rocky start. The Brazilian superstar, who joined Al Hilal in the summer of 2023, was recently given the boot from the team’s domestic league roster.
The reason for Neymar’s departure is a bit complicated. Al Hilal has been on a spending spree in recent months, signing a number of high-profile players, including Malcom, Neves, Mitrovic, Milinkovic-Savic, and Renan Lodi. This has left the club with a limited number of foreign player slots available.
Neymar, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, is one of the players who has been affected by this. The Brazilian will not be able to return to action until next season, so Al Hilal decided to give his spot to Renan Lodi.
The club has denied rumors that Neymar is being let go altogether. They say that he is still under contract and that they are simply making room for Lodi. However, the move has raised questions about Neymar’s future at Al Hilal.
Neymar’s injury and recent vacation have also been a source of controversy. The club reportedly was not happy with the images of Neymar partying on a yacht, and some have speculated that this may have contributed to his demotion.
Neymar’s manager, Jorge Jesus, has defended the player. He said that Neymar is a “fabulous” player and that he is a “positive person.” However, he also acknowledged that Neymar has different priorities than some other players.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Neymar at Al Hilal. The club has a lot of money invested in him, and they will likely want to give him a chance to prove himself once he is healthy. However, the recent events have certainly made things more complicated.