WORLD record signing Neymar will have to wait to make his Paris Saint Germain debut after the Brazilian’s international transfer certificate (CIT) failed to be lodged with the French league by the midnight deadline on Friday, an official said.
Neymar, signed for 222 million euros ($ 330 million) from Barcelona, had been hopeful of making his debut in Saturday’s home game against Amiens.
But the French league (FLP) had not received the document by midnight meaning Neymar will watch the game from the stands at the Parc des Princes instead.
Neymar said he was fit and ready to make his PSG debut on Saturday.
“I always want to play, so I am ready to do so tomorrow,” Neymar said at his unveiling on Friday.
“I have trained in pre-season. I stopped for two days, but I am ready, I’ve seen the pitch and I want to put the PSG shirt on and play.”
“I will speak with the staff, I will wait for their green light.”
Instead, Neymar will be presented to the PSG support prior to the Amiens clash.
A ceremony will begin from 3:45pm (1345 GMT) with the kick-off put back quarter of an hour to 5:15pm to allow extra time for the player’s unveiling before an expected sell-out crowd of more than 45,000.
Neymar got a taste of what is to come when he stepped outside the Parc des Princes on Friday in his new team’s kit, to be greeted by hundreds of ecstatic supporters.