Neymar played ‘cat-and-mouse’ with Barcelona, says club vice-president
Neymar played “cat-and-mouse” with Barcelona throughout the close-season earlier than his transfer to Paris St Germain, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has stated. PSG paid 222 million euros ($277 million) to set off the buyout clause within the Brazil ahead’s Barcelona contract final August, making him the costliest signing in soccer historical past.
Barcelona had believed Neymar was going to remain on the club, with Mestre stating he was 200 p.c certain the Brazilian can be on the Nou Camp this season.
“What hurt me the most was the way it happened,” Mestre instructed newspaper Diario Sport in an interview. “We had been all on tour speaking with him and his father, and they weren’t clear.
“If he got here to us and stated, I wish to go, like Cesc (Fabregas), Pedro, Alexis (Sanchez), and (Javier) Mascherano did, we might have reached an settlement. What you may’t do is rock the boat.
“He played cat-and-mouse with us. It arrived at some extent the place we noticed the place issues had been going so we instructed him we might not pay his contract renewal loyalty charge.”
Neymar and his representatives didn’t reply to a request for remark from Reuters.Neymar renewed his deal with Barcelona in July 2016, which meant he was owed a 26-million-euros renewal bonus.
Barcelona didn’t pay it and deposited the cash with a notary. FIFA, world soccer’s governing physique, are investigating an official grievance from the ahead relating to the matter. Mestre stated Neymar’s behaviour prompted inflation within the switch market.
“He told us nothing. If he had done PSG would have been able to buy him for less money and it would have cost us less to sign players too,” added the Barcelona govt. “What Neymar’s behaviour created was the market inflation. We would have saved a lot of money and a lot of media noise.”