Barcelona Accept €222m From PSG For Neymar

Reuters  Andrew Boyers

Neymar penned a five-year deal with PSG yesterday after completing his record 222 million euros transfer from Barcelona.

Citing the example of Trevor Francis, Wenger said football has come far in terms of financial might. And while he said he spoke with his countrymen ahead of the move, he maintains their presence at the club held little say in deciding his future.

French World Cup victor Marcel Desailly, who played in Ligue 1 for PSG rivals Nantes and Marseille, praised the news of the transfer as "magical", believing that it brought huge benefits and encouraging people to have an "open mind".

A source from Spain's La Liga said earlier on Thursday that the league had rejected the payment of the clause to them after Neymar's lawyers visited its headquarters in Madrid to try to settle the transfer and pay the fee.

Unveiled to the media Friday, the Brazilian said the decision to join the French club came from the heart and his desire for a bigger challenge. That is why I am here. I want to give my best to help the club win trophies.

" I wanted something bigger, a bigger challenge". Replacing the error-prone Kevin Trapp with a star goalkeeper might also have been a better investment for a club that has made winning the Champions League a very public objective. This is not what I am looking for here.

Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Neymar was "an idol for the whole world for football lovers and sports lovers in general".

Within three years of making his debut for the Sao Paulo club, he had led them to their first Copa Libertadores in nearly 50 years, won the Puskas award for the Federation Internationale de Football Association goal of the season, and pinned down a regular spot in the national side. "Today is expensive but in two or three years?" The man from Mogi das Cruzes has established a strong brand on and off the pitch, and the marriage of one of Nike's star players with PSG's star power should also prove quite lucrative for all involved. eventually. It is an fantastic transfer. Yes I am ready, if I can play tomorrow, why not? "If you are thinking about it, go have a coffee and don't worry about it", he said.

"They are friends but Neymar can't play with Messi and be the best player in the world, so that's why he's made the decision to leave Barcelona". However, the Catalan club later confirmed the player has paid his mammoth buyout clause, which allowed him to join PSG. "No, quite on the contrary".

Obviously, Barcelona seeing arguably their second best player, and heir to the throne shared by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's of world's best, is suboptimal. "There was no pressure at all there, only during the first week at Barcelona where I was nervous to train with my role models".

He is due to be presented at a press conference at the Parc des Princes at 1130 GMT. I had to think and re-think about what I want to achieve in my life. "I was well adapted to Barcelona, where there are fantastic players".

Santos handed Neymar his senior debut aged 17 in 2009 and over the next four years he scored 54 goals in 103 appearances for the club.

PSG reached the last eight of the Champions League last season - knocked out by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona - and were beaten to the French title by Monaco.

"It hurts me that people who I appreciate and respect greatly take advantage of this circumstance to blame anyone".

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