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Neymar's birthday party in a Paris club on Sunday has been called a "distraction" by Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.

The event took place in Paris nightclub Yoyo, two days ahead of a Ligue 1 trip to Nantes.

PSG players and a few members of the staff were invited by the Brazilian, who turns 28 on Wednesday.

"Sunday is not good [for Neymar's birthday party]," Tuchel said. "However, I am neither his father, nor handler, nor agent -- I am just his coach.

"I will not say if I am going [to Neymar's party] or not. You can wait until Sunday. It is off-topic.

"Neymar's night is a distraction, obviously, and I always protect my players. I love them lots and prefer to talk internally. If there are hard truths to be said, I prefer to do it internally."

On Saturday, France striker Kylian Mbappe showed his frustration when he was replaced in the 70th minute of a 5-0 win against nine-man Montpellier.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.


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