PSG beat Rennes to win French Super Cup

Barcelona considering possibilities for potential Neymar signing – including a loan deal

He failed to appear for PSG in the Trophee des Champions, in China, as he was suspended.

Three players are in for their PSG debuts as the French champions meet Rennes in the Trophée des Champions on Saturday.

The French champions are now the most successful side in the competitions history, with nine wins.

PSG's seventh succcessive Super Cup win is a record - eclipsing the six won by Olympque Lyonnais from 2002-2006 - and means they will start the defence of their Ligue 1 title in high spirits despite doubts over the future of playmaker Neymar. Mbappe equalized for PSG in the 57th minute and Di Maria scored a attractive free-kick in the 73rd minute.

Ill-discipline has been a problem for PSG in the past - they were shown four red cards in Ligue 1 last season - and left-back Bernat should know better than to go flying into challenges in such a low-key setting. The 27-year-old also did not reportedly join up with his PSG teammates for training, in the hope that he will be transferred soon, according to other sources.

But PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe insists he would rather Neymar stay put.

Mbappe also cleared up claims that he wants to replace Edinson Cavani as PSG's main central striking option after that public declaration.

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Di Maria took ownership of the dead ball and gave Tomas Koubek no chance with a sublime strike into the top-right corner to complete the quickfire turnaround.

In the end, It seems like Mbappe did not take kindly to Neymar's sulking and very visibly pushed him out of their celebration.

As the team celebrated the season-opening hardware in the aftermath of the victory, Neymar was standing just to the side of the squad jubilations on the podium in falling confetti. Barcelona on their part are keen on signing Neymar but have not gotten enough funds after spending lavishly on Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong through the year.

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