Neymar will not take part in Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 meeting with Rennes on Sunday, but Thomas Tuchel still has hope of keeping the Brazil star at the club.

Doubt remains over Neymar's future at PSG, with Barcelona and Real Madrid having reportedly had bids rejected for the wantaway forward.

Neymar has been returning to full fitness from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Copa America, but he was included in Tite's Brazil squad for September friendlies against Colombia and Peru, while PSG sporting director Leonardo has claimed the problem has "completely healed."

Neymar was left out of PSG's opening fixture against Nimes, and the 27-year-old will again be absent when the champions travel to Rennes, although head coach Tuchel insists there has been no change in the situation regarding a possible transfer.

"He started the training session with us, but finished individually," Tuchel told a news conference. "It's a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes' home.

"He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us.

"For now, nothing has changed. Neymar has three years left on his contract.

"He is sensitive, so I will always protect him. He needs to train with us and raise his intensity.

"I want to see him play at his best level for 90 minutes, with aggression and lots of dribbling."

While Neymar will not feature against Rennes, Idrissa Gueye is set to travel, though Tuchel suggested the former Everton midfielder would not be fit to start.

"Integration is easy with Idrissa: he can talk with everyone, he is very polite, humble," said Tuchel, who will also be without Presnel Kimpembe, Ander Herrera, Thilo Kehrer and Layvin Kurzawa.

"He has to adapt to our style of play, to our principles. It's a little early for him, but he's going to make the trip with us.

"He's a player who can play at [number] six or eight but, for me, he's better at six. That's what we expect from him."

Neymar has not been removed from the Paris Saint-Germain squad and is "completely healed", according to the club's sporting director Leonardo.

The Brazil international, who missed the Copa America due to injury, was absent for last week's Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, during which some supporters protested against the forward.

Neymar reported late for pre-season training and Leonardo has previously confirmed the 27-year-old wants to leave Paris, two years after he joined from Barcelona for a world-record €222million.

A return to Camp Nou has been mooted for Neymar, although Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was unwilling to discuss the prospect at a news conference on Thursday.

And Leonardo has denied reports Neymar remains injured and has been left out of Thomas Tuchel's group as a result.

"Things are simple," Leonardo said to RMC Sport.

"Neymar was monitored by several great doctors and surgeons early in the season and his fracture line is fully consolidated at the fifth metatarsal. Neymar's injury is completely healed.

"It's false. He is not removed from the group. He follows his personalised rehabilitation programme."

Neymar's future remains unresolved, though, with Barca and Real Madrid having reportedly failed with offers, and Leonardo has suggested the attacker may miss Sunday's trip to Rennes.

"He is a player of Paris Saint-Germain, there is still three years of his contract in Paris, we must not forget," Leonardo added.

"We must analyse everything, we must fix everything before he can play again.

"Neymar made mistakes. You know, I didn't know him. As the days go by, I get to know him.

"And I honestly think he's a good boy with a very good background. And on the pitch, he's an amazing player.

"There are discussions for his future, as you know it today, but nothing advanced."

What does the future hold for Neymar?

That remains unclear. Though it is certain that the world's most expensive player wants to leave Paris just two years on from his €222million arrival in the French capital.

A return to former club Barcelona and a blockbuster move to Real Madrid are both options as this transfer saga drags on.

 

TOP STORY – TUCHEL WANTS DEMBELE IN NEYMAR DEAL

According to le10sport, Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel wants Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele included in any deal for wantaway star Neymar.

Neymar has been linked with a return to LaLiga champions Barcelona, as well as Real Madrid before the European transfer window shuts.

Having already splashed the cash on Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, Barca are unable to meet PSG's demands in cash, so players and a sum of money has been mooted.

Philippe Coutinho is one played reportedly in the mix to move to PSG, though Tuchel wants to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund star Dembele.

 

ROUND-UP 

- Real Madrid will give up on signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba if they manage to sign Neymar from PSG, says The Sun. Los Blancos are desperate to beat Barca to Neymar's signature, reportedly willing to offer Isco, Marcelo or Raphael Varane plus cash for the Brazilian.

- Tottenham are ready to double Christian Eriksen's wages with a £200,000 per-week offer, according to the Daily Mail, as Juventus and Real Madrid continue to monitor the Denmark playmaker. Eriksen's current deal with Spurs expires at the end of this season.

- According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Ligue 1 side Monaco have joined the hunt to sign Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. Roma and Napoli are also interested in Icardi, however, Sportitalia claims the Argentina international only wants Juventus.

Napoli are eyeing former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, says Sky Sports. Llorente is a free agent after leaving Spurs. It comes as Napoli close in on PSV winger Hirving Lozano, with Corriere dello Sport reporting the Italian team have offered €60million for Icardi.

- The Corriere dello Sport also says AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is close to leaving San Siro. PSG are the favourites to land Donnarumma thanks to sporting director Leonardo, who left Milan for PSG at the end of 2018-19.

Bayern Munich are interested in Barcelona playmaker Coutinho, reports Mundo Deportivo. A transfer depends on whether Coutinho is included in a deal to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel defended Neymar after the wantaway star was targeted by the club's own supporters during Sunday's Ligue 1 win over Nimes.

Neymar – tipped to leave the French champions amid links to Barcelona and Real Madrid – sat out the 3-0 victory against Nimes as PSG opened their title defence with three points.

Amid growing speculation over an imminent departure, sections of the Parc des Princes aimed derogatory chants towards Neymar before and during the match.

"It's a little difficult, I don't know what to say. I saw [the public's reaction on Neymar] on my colleagues' phones because I hadn't heard that during the game," Tuchel said about the chants directed at Neymar.

"Can I understand that? Yes and no, that's the way it is in our lives. The emotions are serious, the emotions are still there, okay. But on the other hand, Neymar is still our player, still my player, and I will always protect my players. He's in the locker room, he's here and I'll protect him.

"I can understand that not everyone likes what he said and what he did. I understand, but we have to express a level to express our emotion."

Asked if PSG missed Neymar against Nimes, Tuchel added: "He is still missing, because he can find solutions that only he can find. He can open spaces with movements, accelerations, one against the other.

"It was a little lacking today to be more decisive in the first half. But we have to find other solutions, we have to give rhythm with passes, with intensive runs. But it's clear, he's Neymar, and he has extraordinary qualities. If he is not on the field, he is missing, but it is our challenge to find solutions. We still have to improve."

While Neymar was absent on Sunday, Edinson Cavani, last season's top scorer Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria led the way for PSG in Paris.

After Cavani broke the deadlock via the penalty spot in the first half, Mbappe and Di Maria put the result beyond doubt following the interval.

"The best thing is that they [Neymar and Mbappe] play together," Tuchel said. "It is not a question of whether Mbappe can give more when Neymar is not there.

"Kylian gives a lot, he's been very focused for four weeks now. He puts a lot of intensity into training, into matches. It's great for the team to improve. But the best thing is that Neymar is next to him."

Mbappe, who hinted he could be ready for a "new project" following the 2018-19 season, scored a Ligue 1-high 33 goals as PSG retained their crown last term.

"As I said last year, he is invited by the club to take more responsibilities every day. Taking responsibilities does not mean taking every penalty, hitting every corner or every free-kick," Tuchel continued. "It's not like that, there are many ways to take responsibilities, and he does that.

"He started this season with a lot of concentration, I'm very happy. He's here, I have a feeling he's happy. He has objectives for himself and the team, and he does everything to achieve them. He gives his opinion, and we're going to keep developing that. He has a good relationship with everyone, he is reliable."

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel said he "will not sleep" if Neymar leaves the club – a view that does not appear to be shared by a section of their fanbase.

The world's most expensive player has once again been linked with a return to LaLiga over recent weeks, with a second stint at his former club Barcelona reported to be the 27-year-old's preference.

Neymar sat out PSG's Ligue 1 opener against Nimes on Sunday, where some of the Parc des Princes crowd aimed derogatory chants towards him.

PSG ultras also unfurled banners telling Neymar, a €222million signing in August 2017, to leave.

Speaking before the match, where Edinson Cavani gave the French champions a 1-0 half-time advantage from the penalty spot, Tuchel told the Canal Football Show: "I have no news of his future. He is with us. He was very decisive for us.

"If we lose Neymar, I will not sleep, perhaps. Because he's hard to lose and [it is hard to] find another guy doing the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news.

"It's hard not to know. Because I want him with us. But we have to find solutions without him too.

"I try to convince him to stay. But on the other hand, it's a personal choice. It's between him and the club."

On Friday, PSG's sporting director Leonardo explained a resolution was yet to be reached over Neymar's future.

"Talks are more advanced than before, but no agreement," he said. "We will see what happens - everybody needs the future to be defined."

Neymar has scored 34 goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances despite both his seasons at PSG being interrupted by serious foot injuries.

Neymar will not play in Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 opener against Nimes due to an injury according to head coach Thomas Tuchel, with sporting director Leonardo saying talks over the forward's future are "more advanced than before".

The Brazil international is the subject of media speculation linking him with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions with a return to Barcelona reportedly in the offing, while long-term suitors Real Madrid are also said to be in the running.

Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde was coy on the issue, saying only "we'll see what happens" when asked about the prospect of bringing the 27-year-old back to Camp Nou.

Leonardo indicated that a resolution over Neymar's future is not far away, telling reporters: "Talks are more advanced than before, but no agreement.

"We will see what happens - everybody needs the future to be defined."

With Neymar's future still unclear, Tuchel confirmed the Brazil international is not available for the champions' first league game.

"Neymar did not finish [Saturday's] training. It is not possible that he plays tomorrow," he said.

"It is my job to be coach. He is in an individual training phase, in and out of collective sessions. He is still a little injured. He took a knock today and did not do a full week."

Should Neymar leave PSG, Kylian Mbappe will pick up the mantle as the club's leading light - a role it could be argued he already occupies.

Tuchel was asked about his relationship with the World Cup-winning France international, who he said will start alongside Edinson Cavani against Nimes.

"Our relationship is good," Tuchel said of Mbappe.

"Yes, he is a star, but I do not think about him that way. I am always trying to find ways to get him to score.

"He wants responsibility, he is ready and he is mature."

Adding a final word on transfers at the end of a rumour-laden close-season, Tuchel said he was eager to turn his attention to matters on the pitch.

"I do not want to think about [transfers] too much," said Tuchel. "I will lose my mind.

"I am focused on my team and the guys we have here. They need my energy and attention. We will decide if things happen."

Thomas Tuchel applauded the early impact of new signing Pablo Sarabia following Paris Saint-Germain's Trophee des Champions win over Rennes, though he is staying patient with Ander Herrera.

Spanish midfielder Sarabia joined PSG from Sevilla for a reported €18million last month and he impressed in his official debut on Saturday.

The 27-year-old set up Kylian Mbappe for PSG's equaliser in the 57th minute, as the Ligue 1 champions eventually went on to win 2-1 thanks to Angel Di Maria.

Sarabia's compatriot Herrera also featured following his free transfer from Manchester United, but he was withdrawn for Di Maria just past the hour and Tuchel accepts the central midfielder still has work to do.

"We can see that their mentality is good," Tuchel told reporters after the match.

"Herrera has yet to adapt to us. We play differently to Manchester United, so he has to adapt to our style of play.

"Pablo is really impressive. He runs well, with and without a ball. His game without the ball is a great example. He plays with a lot of intensity and does not stop [working] defensively."

Centre-back Marquinhos once again featured in midfield against Rennes, a role he often played last term due to PSG's lack of defensive-minded options in that position.

But, following the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Everton, Tuchel expects to see Marquinhos return to his centre-back role with more regularity.

"I hope so. That would mean that Idrissa is playing at the level we expect," Tuchel said. "He [Gueye] plays exactly at this No.6 position.

"But Marquinhos, it is important that he is on the pitch. He's only done three workouts and is already playing like that? It's extraordinary.

"I like him a lot in the midfield, because he thinks of the right way and his passing quality is top."

Thomas Tuchel knew Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain before the Copa America.

Neymar, 27, reportedly wants to exit the Ligue 1 champions during the close season, two years after his world-record €222million transfer from Barcelona.

The Brazil star is reported to have again told PSG of his desire to move elsewhere on Monday, with a return to Camp Nou shaping his most likely destination, after he arrived at pre-season training later than the team expected.

Speaking after PSG's 6-1 friendly win over Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday, Tuchel said he was aware of Neymar's intentions before the Copa America, which the forward missed due to an ankle injury.

"I'm always disappointed if a player is late," Tuchel told RMC Sport.

"But it's clear between us, now it's between the club and Neymar. We work together.

"If I knew he wanted to leave? Yes, before the Copa America, but it's a thing between the club and Ney."

Kylian Mbappe scored twice and assisted two others in PSG's first pre-season friendly, while Ander Herrera set up a goal on debut.

PSG are in action again in a clash against Nurnberg on Saturday.

Paris Saint-Germain could sign Nicolas Pepe, according to the player's agent.

Pepe hit 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and is admired by PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel, who in April described the forward as possessing "a lot of quality with his speed and strength".

But the French champions are likely to face strong competition for the Ivory Coast international.

Pepe has also been linked with Liverpool, Lille president Gerard Lopez claiming talks have been held with the Champions League winners.

And Pepe's agent Samir Khiat says the player - valued at €65million - is still considering his options.

"Nicolas is open to everything," Khiat said to L'Equipe Mercato. "The goal is to have him signed in the right place.

"PSG is a possibility. Tell you on July 12 that he will sign in Paris - I cannot. That would be lying to you.

"Today, all parties must be there. Whether it is Lille, the buying club and us. There are exchanges and discussions.

"He is wanted by many clubs. For him, the most important thing is to be desired and to go to the right club, the one in which he will play and continue his progression."

Neymar is unable to perform at his full capacity unless he has a "close bond" with his coach, according to Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel.

Brazil star Neymar has been blighted by injuries in both his two seasons at PSG but, when he has been fit, the 27-year-old has taken Ligue 1 by storm, scoring 34 goals in 37 matches.

Nevertheless, there remain reports Neymar has not entirely warmed to life in Paris and he is consistently linked with other clubs, particularly former club Barcelona and Real Madrid.

PSG are hopeful of keeping both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe next season and Tuchel knows he has to keep the Brazilian on side if he is to get the very best out of him.

"Neymar is an incredibly warm person who cannot perform without a close bond to the coach and his team-mates without feeling really happy," Tuchel told Eurosport.

"He has antennas for every discord in the changing room, for any kind of criticism - he takes everything to heart.

"They [Neymar and Mbappe] are similar and different. Their quality is beyond question.

"In addition, they have a huge self-confidence. You can feel that, you need that, too, in order to always be able to decide games.

"This should not be mixed up with arrogance. It needs to be like this if you want to be the best of the best and you want to prove this on the pitch every three days."

Mbappe recently suggested he could leave PSG in the coming months and, although the club swiftly shot down such a scenario, Tuchel praised the World Cup winner for his singlemindedness and focus.

He added: "Kylian is extremely focused, confident and independent for his age – extremely. He even counts his training goals!

"At some point he even presented himself a shirt with the inscription '100 goals in training'. I then asked him: 'Which goals do you even count? Even those on small goals?' He answered: 'No, only the big [goals], where a goalkeeper is in it.'

"He is a real number nine, because you want to have someone who completes the move and for whom this is important.

"A super nice guy, very confident - he knows what he needs and what he wants."

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel said the Ligue 1 champions are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.

Weigl has been a target for PSG since Tuchel's arrival at the start of 2018-19 after working under the German boss at Bundesliga outfit Dortmund.

The 23-year-old Germany international revealed he considered a PSG transfer in January, but was told to stay by Dortmund.

Tuchel – who is desperate to bolster his squad after PSG won Ligue 1 but fell short in the Champions League – was asked about Weigl at the French Open on Tuesday.

Speaking to Eurosport Germany with Boris Becker, Tuchel said: "Of course [we're interested]. Julian is always an interesting player."

Weigl – who arrived from 1860 Munich in 2015 – made 18 Bundesliga appearances and scored one goal as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich.

PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe was also a topic of conversation for Tuchel amid question marks over the World Cup-winning forward.

Mbappe – a reported target for Real Madrid – hinted he could be tempted by a "new project", while Tuchel has refused to offer guarantees over his future.

The 20-year-old scored a Ligue 1-high 33 goals as PSG retained their crown, and 39 in all competitions.

"Kylian has an unshakable confidence in him. I never saw that," Tuchel said. "It could be mistaken for arrogance, but for him, it's total confidence, which is normal when you know he wants to become the best player in the world."

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could leave Paris Saint-Germain after head coach Thomas Tuchel said he cannot guarantee the pair will remain at the Ligue 1 champions.

While Tuchel's future is secure following his new contract, former Barcelona star Neymar continues to be linked with a return to LaLiga, while top goalscorer Mbappe hinted he could be tempted by a "new project".

Tuchel was asked about Neymar and Mbappe at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and the German boss told Sky Sports: "I am used to this. Now it is May, the stuff that I say now might not be true next month.

"Things are like they are, there is a lot of speculation which means we have a lot of quality and talent.

"My wish as a manager and as a coach is clear, I want all my players to stay at PSG and stay with our project. The work is not finished, it has just started.

"My wish is clear, but I can't promise as that would be naive and I don't want to be naive in this business."

World Cup winner Mbappe scored a Ligue 1-high 33 goals as PSG retained their crown, and 39 in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Neymar netted 15 league goals and 23 across all competitions for PSG – who lost in the Champions League last 16.

Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain might have ended the season with a dismal run of form, but their 2018-19 Ligue 1 campaign was still mightily impressive.

The capital club wrapped up the title more than a month before Friday's last fixture at Reims, finishing 16 points clear of second-placed Lille.

And given PSG's failings in the Champions League and both domestic cup competitions, it appears it was their Ligue 1 displays that convinced the club to extend Tuchel's contract until June 2021 on Saturday.

Using Opta data, it is clear to see why the board would be impressed, too, even allowing for the late-season run of three wins in 10 matches across all competitions.

Tuchel won 76.3 per cent of his league matches this term, recording 2.39 points per game - the best returns of any first-year coach in the Qatar Sports Investments era.

The class of 2018-19 also recorded 2.76 goals per game and became the first Ligue 1 team to score in every match of a 38-round season.

More will be expected of Tuchel in years two and three, but he has put together a first campaign that outperforms predecessors Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery.

 

CARLO ANCELOTTI

Ancelotti was the Qatari owners' maiden appointment midway through the 2011-12 season but fell short in a bid for the club's first title in 18 years. Top when the Italian took over, PSG subsequently won 57.9 per cent of their matches and earned 2.05 points per game, finishing three points behind champions Montpellier.

But Ancelotti started to turn PSG into the club they are today in 2012-13. They claimed the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

 

LAURENT BLANC

Blanc has not had a job since leaving PSG, yet he established the club as a truly dominant force during three years in charge that returned three league titles, two Coupe de France triumphs and three in the Coupe de la Ligue.

The standards were high in his first season - winning 71.1 per cent of league matches, earning 2.34 points per game and scoring 2.21 goals per game - but he did not reach Tuchel's levels.

UNAI EMERY

It might have been plain sailing for Blanc when he arrived at the Parc des Princes, but Emery's first year provided a reminder of the difficulties of this job and the expectations that come with it.

PSG came second to a brilliant Monaco outfit in 2016-17, even though Emery actually matched Blanc's win percentage. Their 2.29 points per game - more than Ancelotti's PSG averaged over his whole tenure - were not enough to defend the title.

Frustrations might have boiled over in recent weeks, but Tuchel's early Ligue 1 success should not be taken for granted.

Thomas Tuchel has stated that Paris Saint-Germain will have to pull together in one direction to improve heading into his second season at the club.

Tuchel signed a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions on Saturday, keeping him at Parc des Princes until 2021.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach enjoyed a wonderful start to his tenure, with PSG winning their first 14 Ligue 1 games of the campaign, but the season has come to an underwhelming end.

PSG won just four of their last 10 Ligue 1 matches, while they exited the Coupe de la Ligue at the quarter-final stage and Champions League at the last 16, while also losing to Rennes on penalties in the Coupe de France final.

And Tuchel has made it clear that his side have to step up their performances next season if they are to continue their domestic dominance and challenge in Europe's elite club competition.

"We have to improve, it's clear. We have to play with even more intensity during the matches," Tuchel told PSG's official website.

"To be competitive at the highest level, it is essential. We will have to go in one direction, show it to the players, to the fans. 

"We created something, but it's not over. So we have to keep going, keep working and improve our game. Some matches have been won, but not the way you want, not the game you want to play. 

"To give everything must become a habit. But I could not change that alone. It will be necessary to be very strict towards our principles of game. It is important. We will all have to go in the same direction."

Despite a disappointing conclusion to the season, PSG did have the Ligue 1 title secured by April 21, and Tuchel insists the triumph must be used as a platform for success moving forward.

"This is the most important title. It means that you did things well during the season," Tuchel added.

"We are here to achieve performances, to create a thirst for victories, to be constant. This title is deserved. This title is part of the goals of PSG each season. 

"It is a big challenge that requires great effort. On a personal level, I had already won the German Cup, and I am very happy because this is my first league title. I will never forget it."

Thomas Tuchel's new contract does not hide the fact his maiden Paris Saint-Germain campaign went worryingly flat after a promising start.

A 3-1 defeat at Reims on Friday capped off a disappointing end to the season, with PSG winning just four of their last 10 fixtures.

They had the title secured on April 22, with a blistering start to the term having seen them win a record 14 Ligue 1 games in a row from the start of a campaign.

A shock Coupe de la Ligue defeat to Guingamp ended PSG's hopes of domestic dominance, though, before they slumped out of the Champions League in the round of 16, losing to Manchester United on home soil.

And, having extended his stay at the Parc des Princes until 2021, Tuchel now has plenty to work on heading into his second season.

 

ADD DEPTH TO AN IMBALANCED SQUAD

PSG have plenty of attacking talents but when it comes to other areas of the pitch they are not so well stocked.

Tuchel wanted Everton's holding midfielder Idrissa Gueye in January, though the Premier League club refused to sell. Leandro Paredes did come in but has at times looked out of step with his team-mates and made a calamitous error to gift Montpellier a victory in April. Dani Alves has far too often been called upon to fill in centrally.

With Adrien Rabiot - who has refused the offer of a new contract - oh his way out and Marco Verratti not unaccustomed to injury, though he has made 26 Ligue 1 appearances this term, midfield is certainly an area that needs addressing. In defence, Tuchel has publicly suggested he can only rely on Marquinhos and 34-year-old Thiago Silva to keep things steady at the back.

KEEP NEYMAR FIT AND HAPPY

PSG paid a world-record fee for Neymar in order to propel themselves to Champions League glory. So far, it has not worked.

In both of his seasons at the club, Neymar, who is off track in his Ballon d'Or aims, has sustained injuries that have seen him miss either all or part of PSG's last-16 ties with Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively, and as such it is no surprise that they have failed to progress past this stage.

Their play is rightly directed through the Brazil superstar, but perhaps Tuchel must now look at having a viable alternative so, if needed, he can protect his star man in certain games to ensure he is in good shape for the big occasions and, along with PSG's other key players, able to play across an entire season, while also ensuring that Neymar remains at Parc des Princes amid rumours of interest from Madrid.

KYLIAN IS THE KEY

Another PSG star reportedly interesting Los Blancos is Kylian Mbappe, the World-Cup winning striker who scored 33 league goals this season. At 20, the former Monaco forward undoubtedly has the world at his feet, though hinted recently that he may have to take up a new challenge away from PSG.

The club swiftly insisted there is no chance of a sale and Tuchel should look to build his team around the youngster. His disciplinary issues - a red card in the Coupe de France final saw Mbappe suspended for three matches and was his second such offence of the season - need tempering but he should remain a focal point.

HELP KIMPEMBE RETURN TO FORM

Tuchel was not renowned for his defensive resilience while head coach at Borussia Dortmund but inherited one of the most promising defenders in European football when he took over at PSG in the form of Presnel Kimpembe.

The 23-year-old featured once for France at the 2018 World Cup but has struggled to kick on this campaign, and his season finished with him undergoing surgery to fix a groin problem.

Tuchel has suggested that Kimpembe has played too many games - he made 36 appearances across all competitions - but his suggestion that he could only rely on Marquinhos and Silva was not exactly an endorsement of Kimpembe, who seems to have hit a wall.

SETTLE ON A GOALKEEPER

Tuchel has switched far too much between Alphonse Areola and Gianluigi Buffon, with 21 and 17 appearances each in the league.

At 41, it is probably time Buffon acted only as back up - if he is to remain at the club - with his poor performance against Reims on Friday suggesting his best days are behind him.

Areola, who along with Kimpembe was allegedly accused by Neymar of disrespecting the head coach, is also prone to an error, while Kevin Trapp is due to return from his loan at Eintracht Frankfurt. Tuchel has to decide which of the three is to be his first choice, or whether he needs to dip into the transfer market for another number one.

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