Holiday from hell: PSG confirm Neymar HAS become latest star to test POSITIVE for Covid-19 after vacation with infected teammates
Paris star striker Neymar has contracted Covid-19 just days after returning from holiday with two teammates, Angel di Maria and Leo Paredes, who tested positive for the virus during club tests after an end-of-season trip to Ibiza.
The Champions League finalists confirmed that Neymar had tested positive in medical checks carried out as the team returned to training this week, meaning the most expensive player in history will be moved into isolation.
Midfielders Di Maria and Parades were already in quarantine after they were found to be positive following a trip to the Spanish island as part of a party that included six Paris Saint-Germain players, including Neymar, playmayker Ander Herrera, forward Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The Brazil striker and the rest of the group made their way to the Spanish island for a break after the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich last month.
Neymar did not immediately respond to the announcement, instead choosing to post a clip of himself playfully relaxing with his son at home.
Under French Football Federation rules, the reigning French champions could be forced to postpone the first match of their new season, scheduled to take place at Lens on September 10, should four of their stars return positive tests
Icardi's wife and sometimes-agent, Argentinean presenter and showgirl Wanda, pictured Neymar embracing her husband as part of a tightly-huddled group shot in a bar with Costa Rica keeper Navas and his spouse, model and Instagram personality Andrea Salas.
Icardi was thought to have been the most likely player to test positive among the squad after Di Maria and Parades, according to ESPN reporter and French football expert Julien Laurens.
Paris's last campaign was suspended when the French government announced the premature end of the season for elite football as a result of the pandemic on April 28.
Neymar has appeared to end speculation over his future by committing to seeing out his current contract, which ends in 2022, at the club he joined for a world record $259 million in 2017.
The flamboyant 28-year-old used Instagram, where he has more than 141 million followers, to picture himself lounging on a boat with friends at the weekend.
He is also reported to have spoken to former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi about joining him in Paris in a possible attempt to sway his fellow forward as he ponders his next move after handing in a transfer request at the Spanish club.Also on rt.com French connection: Neymar 'talks move with Messi' then tells Thiago Silva he 'loves' him as defender departs for Chelsea