Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu is confident on star forward Neymar’s future with the Catalan club. The Brazilian has been continuously linked with a reported move to French side Paris Saint Germain, who are willing to break the bank to lure the 25 year old to Paris.
While talking to the Associated Press on Thursday, Bartomeu said Neymar is not for sale, “he is not on the market”.
The Brazilian striker has won one Champions League and two LA-Liga titles with the Camp-Nou club since joining the Spanish giants from Santos in 2013. The 25 year old is reportedly looking for new challenge in a more convincing main man role upfront. The Messi-Neymar-Suarez trio at Barca leaves the Brazilian second to Messi, which is said to be the reason why he wants leave for another club.
Neymar signed a 3 year contract extension with Barcelona in October 2016, a release clause of €200 million in its first year to €222m in the second year €250m in the third year were included in his contract, which makes the transfer unrealistic. It will take a lot of money for any team to consider a move for the 25 year old.
Josep Bartomeu has ruled out any scope of a move for and said: “He has a contract for the coming four years and, of course, we count on him,” Bartomeu said of Neymar, who in October signed a three-year contract extension. “He’s part of our team. He’s part of this trident.”
PSG’s determination to compete in the Champions League has significantly boosted in last few years with the French giants going all out on the players they want to have in the squad. The club is known for its big money expenditure status, and have the potential to trigger any release clause that comes in their way.
Neymar is currently in U.S, training with his Barcelona team mates ahead of their clashes against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid.