Ney­mar to sign con­tract ex­ten­sion with Barcelona un­til 2021

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ney­mar will sign a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Barcelona on Fri­day, a deal that will keep the Brazil for­ward with the Span­ish club un­til 2021.

Barcelona and Ney­mar had made the an­nounce­ment of the agree­ment in July.

The pre­vi­ous con­tract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said yes­ter­day.

The club’s an­nounce­ment in July ended spec­u­la­tion that Ney­mar was un­happy in Spain and was look­ing to move to an­other club. Paris Saint-Ger­main was among the clubs re­port­edly try­ing to sign him.

At the time, the club said the con­tract’s buy­out clause would be fixed at €200 mil­lion for the first year of the new con­tract, €222 mil­lion for the se­cond, and €250 mil­lion for the fi­nal three years.

Ney­mar has been with Barcelona since mov­ing from Brazil­ian club San­tos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, in­clud­ing five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona’s po­tent at­tack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Ney­mar helped the team win nine ti­tles: two Span­ish league ti­tles, two Copa del Reys, two Span­ish Su­per Cups, the Cham­pi­ons League, the Euro­pean Su­per Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of at­tack­ing play­ers scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record fig­ures.

Barcelona also con­firmed that de­fender Javier Mascher­ano will be staying with the club un­til 2019. That deal also had been an­nounced in July.

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