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Cavani responds to rumours of a rift with Neymar

Cavani and Neymar has a dispute over a penalty. Credit: PA

Edinson Cavani insists he has "no problem" with Neymar after the pair's on-field clash in Sunday's win over Lyon as speculation builds about the pair's relationship.

The pair appeared to disagree over who would take PSG's penalty in the closing stages. Cavani prevailed but saw his effort saved, leaving PSG to rely on own goals from Marcelo and Jeremy Morel for their 2-0 victory.

Reports suggest they clashed again in the dressing room afterwards and had to be separated by captain Thiago Silva, and even that Neymar is lobbying for Cavani to be sold in January.

But Uruguay striker Cavani told Radio Universal in his homeland: "I don't know why these stories are created. The truth is that these are normal things; things that happen in football.

"I learned of the story talking with my brother, about people saying that 'Cavani won't let anyone take penalties' and that there's a problem with Neymar. The truth is that there's no problem.

"He [Neymar] has just arrived and like I said from the off, we are keen for him to adapt in the best way possible. I think that's been proven because you can see he is adapting quickly."

Barcelona taking action over Neymar's PSG move

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Barcelona are pursuing damages from Neymar for what they allege to be a "breach of contract".

The Brazil forward left the Nou Camp this month for a world-record £200.6million, joining Paris St Germain in a move that more than doubled the previous highest fee.

Life as a PSG player has started well for the 25-year-old, who scored on his debut and then added two more along with three assists in a stunning show against Toulouse on Sunday.

Relations with his former employers have turned sour, though.

On Monday Neymar said Barcelona deserved "much more" than the current board of directors and added that it made him "very sad".

On Tuesday, the Catalan club said they were chasing 8.5 million euros (£7.8million) in damages with a 10 per cent addition and, that if Neymar could not pay, PSG should.

The demand appears to relate to a payment made to Neymar when, in 2016, he renewed his contract with Barcelona through to 2021. It was sent to the Spanish football federation on August 11 with a wish for it to be forwarded to the French federation and FIFA.

"Barcelona decided to take these actions in defence of their interests, after a unilateral termination of contract urged by Neymar Jr a few months after signing the renewal until the end of the year 2021," a statement read.


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