Barca lost Ney­mar dad’s sup­port over un­paid bonus

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Madrid, Spain - Ney­mar's fa­ther and agent, Ney­mar Sr, has told Span­ish ra­dio that Barcelona lost his sup­port to re­tain his son when it re­fused to pay a bonus for sign­ing a new contract last year.

The Brazil­ian in an In­sta­gram video had said that he had gone against the ad­vice of his fa­ther.

How­ever, Ney­mar Sr claimed the Barcelona board lost his sup­port when it failed to pay the US$30.8mn bonus due ear­lier this week un­less Ney­mar re­mained at the club this sea- son. "In that mo­ment Barcelona lost my sup­port when they did that," Ney­mar Sr told Cadena Cope.

"Un­til that mo­ment I was on Barcelona's side try­ing to con­vince Ney­mar to stay, but with the at­ti­tude of the board I couldn't be on their side be­cause the contract is ex­plicit and clear."

Barca spokesman Josep Vives con­firmed on Fri­day that the club had de­posited the bonus with a no­tary to be paid on Septem­ber 1 if Ney­mar stayed. How­ever, the club has now re­cov­ered the money as ac­cord­ing to Vives "the player hasn't ful­filled his contract."

Barca also paid a US$47mn bonus to a com­pany owned by the player's par­ents N&N to bring him to the Camp Nou from San­tos back in 2013.

How­ever, Ney­mar Sr in­sisted the "brave" de­ci­sion to move had been his son's. "The de­ci­sion was his. He is where he dreamed of be­ing. He is in a com­fort zone, calm. He lis­tened to the ad­vice of his friends, of those around him and he wanted to face this chal­lenge," he added. "I think he has been very brave, he had the right to take this de­ci­sion."

Ney­mar Sr in­sisted his son never sought to be Messi's heir to the throne at Barca. "Every­one said he had to re­place him, he didn't want to re­place him," he added. "You have to leave Leo alone, he is an idol here. Ney­mar has to take his own road and ac­cept the chal­lenge he has.”

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