Rodrigues Filho: Neymar’s father forced deal
The father of Neymar put a deadline on the forwards sale to ensure a deal was secured this summer, according to Santos’ interim president Odilio Rodrigues Filho.
Neymar da Silva Snr insisted that his son would leave the Brazilian side as a free agent if his departure was not secured ahead of the Confederations Cup.
"We had a deadline to sell him, set by his father, that was the beginning of the Confederations Cup June 15," Rodrigues Filho told Folha de S.Paulo.
"If he wasn't sold, he would have stayed and then signed a pre-contract with another club in January. Santos would have got nothing.”
Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona on June 3 after agreeing a contract until June 2018. The Spanish side paid Santos €57 million - a record fee for a Brazilian player.
He opened his account for Barça in the first leg of the Supercopa de España victory against Atlético de Madrid, but is yet to net in La Liga.