Neymar Jr: Fabrizio Romano Clarifies Brazilian's Club Status Amid Reports of Release by Al Hilal

Neymar Jr: Fabrizio Romano Clarifies Brazilian's Club Status Amid Reports of Release by Al Hilal

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Neymar Junior was rumoured to have had his recent contract terminated by Al-Hilal
  • Fabrizio Romano shed some light on Neymar's situation after these reports surfaced
  • Neymar is currently injured with a ruptured ACL and is only expected back in August

Neymar Junior’s status at Al-Hilal has been called into question.

The Brazilian attacker is currently injured with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and is only expected back in action in August.

Neymar Junior's contract has not been terminated by Al-Hilal according to Fabrizio Romano.
Renowned football journalist, Fabrizio Romano has clarified reports that Neymar Junior's contract was terminated by Al-Hilal. Image: Yasser Bakhsh.
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New reports have now claimed that when he returns from injury, it will be as a free agent.

A sports journalist in the country earlier claimed that the former Paris Saint-Germain player had his contract terminated by the Saudi club and was, therefore, officially a free agent.

MSN to reunite at Inter Miami?

That led many to speculate where he could end up next, with some suggesting he reunite with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Inter Miami in America.

The trio played together at Barcelona and were known as MSN, posing many problems for defenders in Spain, and fans are eager to see the same thing happen in the MLS.

Fabrizio Romano clarifies claims about Neymar

However, after the news broke about Neymar, renowned football journalist, Fabrizio Romano took to social media to provide clarity on the situation.

Romano explained the winger's contract wasn’t terminated, but his name was removed from their registered squad due to his injury. Neymar is contracted to the side until June 30, 2025.

Saudi clubs are only allowed eight foreign players throughout the season, and with Neymar being out for the rest of the season, Al-Hilal have reportedly just made space for another foreign star.

Al-Hilal coach aims jab at Neymar

In related news, Al-Hilal manager, Jorge Jesus recently aimed a jibe at Neymar while praising Al-Nassr captain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jesus was discussing what set the two players apart when he claimed Ronaldo had more passion for football compared to Ney.

The Portuguese superstar is known for his work ethic and his ability to perform at the highest levels, as Sports Brief has also reported.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.