Neymar Snr. Claims Attitude of Barca Board Determining Factor in Son’s Departure
Neymar’s father has claimed that he initially wanted his son to stay at Barcelona, but the attitude of the Barcelona board towards a loyalty payment convinced him to leave. Neymar completed a £198m move to Paris Saint Germain last week.
Neymar Snr, who also acts as the player’s agent, says he was initially reluctant to entertain PSG’s offer, but the Barcelona directors changed his mind. He told Cadena COPE, “There's a clause, which is determined by both the player and the club.
“Do you understand? The player has to fulfil his contract, and if not, he has a clause to pay. It's very simple, it's very easy, it's very clear, his contract even more so, thank god. "€26million bonus? If they weren't going to pay us, I couldn't do anything about it.
"I couldn't blackmail them. At that moment, Barcelona lost my support. Until that moment, they had it. His contract was very explicit and very clear. It was a bonus for him signing his contract, so the player's clause has increased.
“If Neymar had to leave, it would be a reason for it to be increased, but that's a topic to discuss in the future, not for now." The player is set to make his PSG debut against Guingamp next weekend.