Nene set for PSG departure
Nene looks set for an imminent departure from Paris Saint-Germain after seemingly contradicting manager Carlo Ancelotti's claim he was left out of this weekend's matchday squad due to injury by going ice skating.
Ever since losing his temper on the substitutes' bench during the recent Champions League win at home to Porto, Nene, 31, has been sidelined, missing his team's last three Ligue 1 encounters, including Sunday's 1-0 win over Lyon.
In his pre-match press conference, Ancelotti had claimed the former Monaco man, who did not train on Friday or Saturday, would miss out on a tenth league appearance of the season due to a calf injury, but he would have been picked to face Lyon if fit.
Only a few hours later, however, Nene published a picture on Instagram of himself and a Spanish journalist skating on the temporary ice rink at the Grand Palais in Paris - a snap taken on Friday evening.
The midfielder, who is out of contract with PSG next summer, has been heavily linked with a move back to his native country where Club World Cup winners Corinthians are reportedly keen to welcome him while another Brazilian club, Santos, Istanbul giants Galatasaray and Besiktas, as well as AC Milan have all been mentioned as potential destinations.
Following his team's victory over Lyon to reclaim top spot in the table, Ancelotti denied he had been attempting to fool the media.
"I don't know what players do after training. But when I come to speak to the press, I tell the truth," he said. "If I say Nene is injured, it's because he's injured. The players' work ends when they leave the Camp des Loges (PSG's training ground)."
Despite the furore, Nene, who has an impressive return of 46 goals and 27 assists in all competitions since moving to PSG from Monaco in 2010, still sees his future in the French capital.
"I haven't spoken to my son in a couple of weeks," Nene's mother is quoted as saying in L'Equipe. "I know that he's annoyed, but he hopes to stay at PSG. It's his club, and he deserves to play more."