Dimitri Payet has advised Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar to forget playing in the Premier League if he believes that defenders in Ligue 1 are too rough in their approach.
Payet is now back at Marseille but enjoyed a successful spell in England with West Ham, while Neymar is still in his first year in France, having made a record €222 million move from Barcelona last summer.
The Brazilian has reportedly complained privately about the heavy-handed attitude of defenders towards him since moving to the French capital, but Payet has told the 25-year-old it is something he will have to put up with.
Asked if he agreed with such an assessment, the OM star told L’Equipe: “He better not go and play in England then!
“I think that every team talk the opposing coach gives must focus on him. Unhappily, he takes the kind of blows that make him lose his rhythm because it’s one of the ways that he can be stopped. He’s a victim of his talent.
“It happens to other players, like Florian Thauvin [of Marseille] and Nabil Fekir [of Lyon]. All the players who are specialists in dribbling and committing defenders are liable to be kicked.”
Neymar, who will be allowed to join Real Madrid should PSG win the Champions League this season, helped PSG to a 4-0 win over Montpellier at Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Payet’s Marseille tackle Monaco in Sunday’s big Ligue 1 clash.