Recruited for 222 million euros by Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017, Neymar left FC Barcelona due to personal problems. In any case, this is the version told by the former director of football of the Catalan club, Raul Sanllehi.
Neymar left Bara for PSG in 2017.
It is the transfer of the century. So at the top of his game, Neymar (30) took everyone by surprise by agreeing to leave FC Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain. A transaction estimates 222 million euros, the amount of its release clause. Five years later, the Catalan club is slowly but surely starting to recover from this departure that almost no manager at the Blaugrana saw coming.
Two days after leaks on Lionel Messi’s requests to extend his contract with the Spanish outfit, El Mundo made new revelations about the reasons for the Brazilian striker’s departure for the French capital by publishing the content of an email sent on July 31, 2017 by the director of football at the time, Raul Sanllehi, Josep Maria Bartomeu, then president, and Oscar Grau, ex-CEO of the vice-champion of Spain.
Neymar’s meadow favored Bara
You can call me naf or crazy, but I’m not worried. I spent hours and hours with this man (Neymar’s meadow, editor’s note) and I think I know him well enough to know when he is bluffing and when he is telling the truth. In this case, I am absolutely convinced, he showed me that he was on our side. He never talked about asking for more money, he repeatedly asked me for help and to speak personally with his son , can we read in the message of the Iberian businessman. A sudden reversal which could however have been anticipated since the current number 10 of PSG had been dragging his spleen for several weeks.
I told you all partially that the problem in this case was the player’s head. The guy is in bad shape, he has a lot of personal problems, he is very confused and very vulnerable. So he thought that by running away from Barcelona he would also be running away from his problems (when he should rather face them and not leave). I spoke to him directly, several times, I made him cry more than once and he confessed to me more than once that he was lost. His teammates were incredible, they supported him until the end (but the end, they had had enough, like me, like all of us) Sanllehi continued.
The Neymar clan felt betrayed
For the main interested party, certain choices of the Barcelona leaders finally convinced Neymar to leave. I’ve had a lot of trouble with the meadow the past few weeks. I talked for hours and hours. I assure you that he was with us, until the last two or three days, when, somehow, he felt betrayed when, the day before the Miami game, the question of the pending signing bonus to publish. He interpreted that the club leaked it to put pressure on him (and even took it as a threat). And that’s when we started losing her , a terminus the 56-year-old man. Personal problems that Neymar obviously left behind when he landed in Paris.
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