Barcelona president Bartomeu on Neymar: ‘He’s not in the plans for January’

Neymar stays at PSG

Neymar would join PSG in August of 2017 from FC Barcelona.

However, the Brazilian hasn’t had the best time in Paris, partly due to his terrible injury luck.

Neymar managed to play just 17 Ligue 1 games last campaign, as he was dealing with a foot problem.

For much of the summer, Neymar was linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes.

Barcelona were one of the more heavily linked sides. There was even a report that Barca had offered two players plush cash for their former star.

However, when the European transfer window shut on September 2nd, Neymar was still a PSG player.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 24: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and SSC Napoli at Parc des Princes on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Josep Maria Bartomeu on Neymar

Now, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been speaking about Neymar.

Bartomeu stated that Barca could not meet PSG’s demands this summer, and also that the Spanish champions never offered players for Neymar. Rather, it was PSG who requested players in exchange for the Brazilian.

The Barca president also claimed that Neymar isn’t in their plans for January:

“He’s not in the plans for January.

“Barcelona couldn’t meet PSG’s demands [this summer]. Barcelona never offered players for Neymar, it was PSG that asked for them.

“We did everything possible to sign him.”It’s a fact that Neymar asked PSG to negotiate only with Barcelona.

“The signing wasn’t easy, on a economic or social level.”[Lionel] Messi didn’t tell me to sign Neymar, that’s a myth.

“The players don’t have a say in signings, it’s the sporting department, technical department and the directors who decide.

“This year we prepared the squad very quickly. It’s a more competitive squad than last season, it’s smaller, 21 players, but very competitive.”And Ernesto Valverde knows the concept very well.” As quoted by Marca.

Neymar is currently on international duty with Brazil.


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