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PSG's Thomas Meunier says FIFA should impose transfer spending limits

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has told L'Equipe that FIFA should impose limits on transfer spending but stressed that his club had done nothing wrong in their world-record move for Neymar.

Belgium international Meunier, 25, said PSG had "acted within the rules" but warned that the overall transfer picture "could go in all directions" without guidance from world football's governing body.

He said: "It is up to FIFA, above all, to find a solution and put limits on transfer spending, otherwise this could go in all sorts of directions.

"However, at least in my opinion, PSG have acted within the rules."

He said Barcelona "did not take Neymar's departure well" but added: "Their criticism has no basis.

"We paid his minimum fee release clause. End of story. They should have set it at €1 billion. That way, it would have been clear from the start."

Meunier said the signing of Neymar and the expected arrival of striker Kylian Mbappe from Ligue 1 champions Monaco meant they "must target at least the Champions League semifinals."

He added: "There will be a phase of adaptation, but the club has shown everybody that we are ambitious. We have sent a clear signal to competitors like Barcelona and Bayern.

"I do not think PSG will be a flash in the pan. The Qataris [owners] came to put together a serious project over a number of years, and they have given the club the means to do so."

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Thomas Meunier has said PSG must target at least the Champions League semifinals.

Meanwhile, PSG coach Unai Emery said the club were comparable to Barcelona and Real Madrid 15 years ago because they currently "lacked a little something at important moments."

Emery added: "These are the details that must be worked on, with experienced players in mind.

"These past few years, Barcelona and Real Madrid have won many Champions League titles. However, this was not the case 10 or 15 years ago. Winning is something that is learned."

Emery also moved to clarify comments he had made suggesting he had a role in director of football Patrick Kluivert being replaced by sporting director Antero Henrique.

He had told So Foot: "Last year, I sat down with the president and I told him: 'President, we have different paths we can take. If you choose my path, you must listen to me and change some things with regards to the sporting director.

"The president decided to replace Patrick with Antero. Now we are all on the same wavelength."

But writing on Twitter, Emery said: "Regarding the interpretation of the interview with So Foot where I speak of 'changing certain things with the sporting director...'

"I have always respected the sporting directors with whom I have worked."

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.


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