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Neymar Expresses Desire to Leave, FC Barcelona Issue Statement

FC Barcelona on Tuesday issued a statement saying that Brazilian star Neymar has informed the club that he would like to end his association with the catalan club in a meeting held at the club's office.

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Updated:August 2, 2017, 5:01 PM IST
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Neymar Expresses Desire to Leave, FC Barcelona Issue Statement
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FC Barcelona on Tuesday issued a statement saying that Brazilian star Neymar has informed the club that he would like to end his association with the catalan club in a meeting held at the club's office.

Neymar, who was accompanied by his father and agent during the meeting, has informed Barcelona of his desire to look for a future elsewhere. Reports have been doing rounds for a while about a possible move for the Brazilian to high spending French club Neymar.

A statement on the club's website read:

"The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices. Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety. Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the Club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved. The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions."

Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.




The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris.

Ernesto Valverde's side play their first official match on August 13 against Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Neymar, though, has a nasty surprise awaiting him upon his return as Barcelona have blocked payment of a 26 million-euro bonus he is due, a source at the club said.

"These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues," the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.

The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.

But the club has decided to put it on hold while waiting to see how his transfer situation evolves.

The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, a sum which PSG are reportedly willing to pay.

Neymar first made his name at Santos, the former club of Brazil legend Pele, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian Cup.

A big-money move to Barca followed in 2013 as 56,000 fans turned up for his official unveiling at the Camp Nou.

In his four years with the Catalans he has won the Champions League in 2015, La Liga twice, the Spanish Cup three times and one FIFA Club World Cup.

Last year he also helped Brazil on home soil win the Olympic title for the first time.

(With agency inputs)

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