‘Ney­mar not big­ger than Barca’

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Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu yes­ter­day in­sisted no player is big­ger than the Cata­lan gi­ants in the wake of Ney­mar’s world record 222 mil­lion move to Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Bar­tomeu and his board are un­der pres­sure to wisely rein­vest the huge sum, which more than dou­bled the pre­vi­ous record for a trans­fer fee, be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes on 31 Au­gust.

“No player is above Barca,” Bar­tomeu told the world congress of Barca sup­port­ers groups.

“You know that Ney­mar formed part of the suc­cess of our club, but Ney­mar is now his­tory. He wanted to go. It was his de­ci­sion although we did ev­ery­thing in our hands for him to stay.”

Barca were pow­er­less to stop Ney­mar leav­ing af­ter PSG met the buy­out clause in the Brazil­ian’s con­tract, which he had signed just last year.

How­ever, Bar­tomeu de­fended him­self from crit­i­cism that the club should have in­sisted on in­sert­ing a much higher buy­out clause in that deal to fend off PSG’s mil­lions.

Ney­mar’s clause rose from 200 to 222 mil­lion from July 1 and would have jumped to 250 mil­lion had he en­tered the third year of the fiveyear deal.


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