PSG Confirm Barca Contact Over Neymar, But…
Paris Saint-Germain Confirm Barca Contact Over Neymar, But…
by David Kappel
Jul 09, 2019 10:35 AM
|Tags: French Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain Neymar Spanish La Liga FC Barcelona|
Paris Saint-Germain have broken their silence and confirmed there has been contact with FC Barcelona over the transfer of Neymar, but things are not as straight-forward as they seem.
The French champions released a statement on Monday, saying their superstar has not returned to pre-season at the expected the date, and the club will take appropriate measures.
PSG sporting director Leonardo also addressed the situation, saying the Brazilian is allowed to leave the club this window, though they have not yet received an official offer.
"Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer made that suits everybody," Leonardo told Le Parisien, as quoted by ESPN.
"For now, we do not know if anybody wants to buy him or at what price. What is certain is that this sort of thing does not get done in one day.
"We have not received any offers, but there has been very superficial contact (with Barcelona).
"They said they want to buy him but that we do not want to sell him. That is what (Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu) said, but we did not see them in a real buying position."
Leonardo also spoke about Neymar going AWOL, with the club not being impressed with their superstar’s antics.
"He was not at the resumption of training," Leonardo said.
"He needed to arrive but did not -- he knew to be there. We will study potential measures to take, as we would do with any other employee.
"He made commitments, but these dates were not agreed with PSG. His last match was June 6 and holidays were until July 8. Then, he did not come."
The PSG sporting director then explained that Neymar and his entourage knows the club’s position, but he has to honour his contract, if no offers arrive.
"I do not want to go into details over our conversation," Leonardo added.
"We talked with his entourage too. Everybody knows everything -- the position is clear for everyone. One thing is absolutely concrete, though, and that is that Neymar has three more years of contract with us. With no offer, there is nothing to discuss.
"In the case of Neymar, who was late for preseason training, will it be the club's fault for not handling this? No. If the player arrives late, it is their fault. There are internal procedures that follow, so we will see how things go. Players do not show up for training elsewhere than PSG."
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