Mbappe: PSG can’t be the same without Neymar

first_imgThe drama surrounding Neymar and his rumoured move back to Barcelona isn’t going away.  Sources have told Goal that PSG would consider an offer from Barcelona that includes Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo and a cash payment of around €50m (£47m/$57m).And on Sunday, with Neymar not in Paris Saint-Germain’s side for their Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, supporters of the French giants let it be known that they are ready for the Brazilian to be gone.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Signs spotted around the ground said “Neymar Get Out” while the home support were heard chanting foul things about the Brazilian.  Following the match the 27-year-old remained the topic of conversation despite PSG strolling to a 3-0 win to open up their campaign, with two of the club’s stars taking very different approaches when it comes to dealing with the drama.  Defender Marquinhos, an international team-mate of Neymar’s, downplayed the talk and claimed the capital club put all its focus on the pitch and leaves those decisions up to the board.  “Everyone is focused on our game, and our philosophy,” he told Canal +. “The rest, we leave it to the board and Neymar.  “They know very well what to do. We really have to think about the pitch, not the transfers.” PSG fans insults Neymar PSG Nimes Ligue 1 11082019While the defender was in no mood to talk about Neymar, team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who scored his club’s second during Sunday’s win, made it clear that life without Neymar would change things at PSG.  When asked if the club could improve on last year’s showing, Mbappe told Canal+ “It depends, we will try.  “But we will not lie; we must also see what will happen with Neymar.  “It’s not the same team without Neymar as it is with him. But we will try to do it for the fans.” PSG strolled to the Ligue 1 title last season, rolling up 91 points, 15 better than nearest challengers Lille, but the club are still chasing an elusive Champions League title.  The French side crashed out in spectacular fashion in each of the last Champions League campaign, falling 3-1 at home to Manchester United last season having taken a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg.  That followed on from the club taking a 5-2 aggregate beating at the hands of Real Madrid the year before.last_img read more

VA may have to pay billions in vets emergency care bills

WASHINGTON — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied reimbursements for such care received at non-VA facilities.The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said federal law mandated the VA to pay the emergency medical expenses if they are not covered by private insurance.The case stemmed in part from a reimbursement sought by Coast Guard veteran Amanda Wolfe, who had a bout of appendicitis in September 2016 and sought care at a nearby civilian hospital because the nearest VA hospital was three hours away. She filed a claim for $2,558.54 of the $22,348.25 bill, representing the amount not covered by her employer-sponsored health insurance. The VA denied the claim, saying that amount was for copayments, coinsurance and deductibles that it was not required to pay.The court, in its ruling Monday, disagreed. It said the VA must reimburse veterans for out-of-pocket emergency medical bills not covered by private insurance, other than copayments.The VA said Wednesday it was aware of the decision and reviewing it. It was the second time the VA had been overruled on its interpretation of how veterans should be reimbursed on emergency claims, the first being in 2015.Because the case was ruled a class action, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which helped represent plaintiffs, said any affected veteran must be reimbursed. It said based on the VA’s past estimates, the decision could cost the department $1.8 billion to $6.5 billion in reimbursements to hundreds of thousands of veterans with claims filed or pending from 2016 through 2025.“The court’s decision rights a terrible injustice and its order ensures that veterans who were unjustly denied reimbursement for critical emergency treatment at non-VA facilities will finally be reimbursed,” said NVLSP Executive Director Bart Stichman.Hope Yen, The Associated Press read more