Bartomeu: It’s not possible for Neymar to return

In an inter­view with Radio Kanal Barcelona, Bar­ca pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu respond­ed to a long list of ques­tions. Among all ques­tions asked con­cern­ing the club and its play­ers, was a pos­si­ble return of Ney­mar Jr to the Camp Nou.

Ney­mar left Barcelona for PSG in 2017 for a world record trans­fer fee of 222 mil­lion euros. Although, Barcelona didn’t want the Brazil­ian to go and
after so much per­sua­sion from his for­mer team­mates to remain in Barcelona, he choice to leave.

There are reports sug­gest­ing Ney­mar regret leav­ing Barcelona and wish for a pos­si­ble return. So Bar­tomeu was asked if it’s true.

Ney­mar and I have seen and spo­ken to each oth­er since he left us but his peo­ple have nev­er told me he wants to return, no one has con­tact­ed us about his pos­si­ble return”, said Bar­tomeu.

He has a con­tract with PSG and he has only stayed there for two years. It is just hard to imag­ine they would want to sell him.”

Though we nev­er want­ed to sell him, we were vul­ner­a­ble to oth­er Euro­pean clubs in terms of release clause. Since PSG don’t have a release clause on him, it’s not pos­si­ble for Ney­mar to return.”

He con­clud­ed “since Neymar’s exist, the club brought in Coutin­ho and Dem­bele. They are the two biggest invest­ment the club has ever done and we will back them ful­ly. we have to con­tin­ue bring­ing good foot­ball with them.”

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