DE­CI­SION

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to wish Ney­mar well in his new chal­lenge.

There has been a vir­u­lent re­ac­tion in Barcelona to his de­ci­sion to leave, which has been com­pared to Luis Figo’s highly con­tro­ver­sial switch to Real Madrid in 2000.

But Ney­mar in­sisted he did not dis­re­spect the Cata­lan club in ac­ti­vat­ing his re­lease clause.

“I am sad that sup­port­ers — and I hope it is the mi­nor­ity — can think that. At no point have I lacked re­spect to­wards them or the club.

“All play­ers have the right to want to stay or leave. They are not obliged to stay. If you want to go, when you think it’s time to go, I have the right.”

“I am very pleased to be able to come to Paris to a big club and a marvel­lous city,” the 77-times capped Brazil for­ward added.

He joins a club that has been trans­formed since be­ing taken over by Qatar Sports In­vest­ments in 2011.

PSG are des­per­ate to win back the French ti­tle, lost to Monaco last sea­son, but also win the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time.

Asked why he chose Paris, Ney­mar said: “For the am­bi­tion of the club which is very sim­i­lar to mine. I want some­thing big­ger, a greater chal­lenge.

“I am here to give my best and help the club win ti­tles.”

He is ex­pected to earn €30 mil­lion net per year through­out his time at PSG, but he re­jected claims that his move was driven purely by money.

“I have never been mo­ti­vated by money. I al­ways fol­low my heart.

“I re­gret that peo­ple think that and I thank PSG for be­liev­ing in my po­ten­tial,” he said. AFP

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