Neymar looks set to end speculation linking him with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain by signing a new contract on Saturday, according to reports in France.

The Brazilian has been linked with a shock return to Barcelona in recent months and with only one year left on his existing deal, the club may have had to cash in rather than lose him for nothing next year.

However, French sports newspaper L’Equipe has stated Neymar will sign a new contract on Saturday which will keep him at the club until 2026.

Neymar became the world’s most expensive player in 2017 when he signed for PSG from Barcelona for £200 million.

So the Ligue 1 side will be desperate to not lose the player on the cheap if they do decide to cash in on Neymar in the future.

That now seems unlikely with the player set to sign a new five-year contract with the club.

Paris Saint-Germain are set to tie Neymar down to a new long-term contract
Paris Saint-Germain are set to tie Neymar down to a new long-term contract

Neymar had previously indicated that he would be keen to stay in Paris when he spoke to the media in April.

“I have got time left on my contract here at PSG,” Neymar said.

“We want to do what is best for everyone.

“I have already said that I am happy here and I feel much better than in the previous seasons.

“There are some aspects that I have improved here. I also went through difficult times with things that people know about. I have always worked hard and have always been professional, contrary to what some people believe.

“PSG have grown a lot, the club is more respected. When people talk about PSG, they know that we are in the last four, five or six teams in the Champions League.”

Neymar has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in Paris, winning three Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de France, two League Cups and two French Super Cups.

However, he has yet to secure the two trophies he had hoped to most when he signed for the club back in 2017: the Champions League or the Ballon d’Or.

PSG came close last year under Thomas Tuchel when they reached the final, only to lose 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

But they exited the competition at the semi-final stage this year after losing 4-1 on aggregate to Manchester City.

Neymar’s time in Paris has been blighted by injury, with the forward failing to make more than 20 league appearances in any of the four seasons at the club.