Unai Emery has claimed Neymar was the real boss of Paris Saint-Germain.
Emery is set to take over at Arsenal after two frustrating years at the Ligue 1 club, during which he won the league twice.
In an interview with Spanish magazine, Tactical Room, the 46-year-old admitted he struggled to impose himself at the club like Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, because he had the world’s most expensive player in his squad.
“I know when I am the main man at the heart of the group and when I am not.
“In every club you have to know the role you take and the role the rest of the group gives you.
“In my opinion is that at PSG the leader is called Neymar. Or more exactly, the leader will be called Neymar because he is in the process of becoming it.
“Neymar came to PSG to be the leader, to live the necessary process to become No.1 in the world. It is a process which still needs a bit of time to be achieved. At Manchester City, the boss is Pep (Guardiola). At PSG, the boss has to be Neymar.
“I had numerous discussions with Neymar on this subject. Some of these discussions didn’t give any results but some of them were very production.
“During one of them, we spoke for 45 minutes heart to heart. It was a magnificent moment. He listened to me and I convinced him of certain things but it is a process, one that will make him the best,” Emery said.