Messi & Neymar causing tension at PSG?

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A new report suggests that Lionel Messi and Neymar are part of the reason for a divide forming in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room. 

The French giants are currently in good form, having gone on a six-game unbeaten run and currently holding a 13-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, but it appears that manager Mauricio Pochettino has some new off-field problems to solve.  

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French news outlet L'Equipe has reported that there is some serious tension in the PSG camp, with a divide forming between the French-speaking players and their South American counterparts. 

Neymar's attitude has reportedly been called into question after he failed to appear for a mandatory signing ceremony. Despite PSG's management being angered by this, they chose to not sanction the 29-year-old for his action.

The winger is also said to not be "completely comfortable" with his new role in the team's attack, which could explain his slow start to this season, having scored only three goals in 14 appearances across all competitions for Les Parisiens. 

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It is further claimed that after Messi secured his seventh Ballon d'Or late last month, he chose to host a party that several of his teammates attended, but the next day only Leandro Paredes and the Argentina captain missed training, with it being said that they were suffering from "gastroenteritis symptoms" 

This incident reportedly upset the dressing room, who wanted to see a stronger response to the situation from head coach Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo.  

To add insult to injury, the alleged rift in the squad is believed to be having a negative impact on PSG's bid to keep Kylian Mbappe from leaving the Parc des Princes at the end of this season, when his contract is due to expire

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