A TURBULENT SUMMER
Bartomeu reveals the truth about the Neymar case
Published:6/09/2019 - 21:52h
Updated:7/09/2019 - 11:00h
The summer 2019 has been afected in FC Barcelona by the possible return of Neymar, that finally did not get to leave PSG. Josep Maria Bartomeu explained what happened in some frantic weeks of negotiations
The name of Neymar has been one of the most repeated in the summer 2019, in which it valued his possible return to the FC Barcelona. The one of Sao Paulo turned into the most expensive player of the history after fugarse to the PSG in 2017 (credited 222 million euros of his clause of rescission), but does not finish to find his best version and pretends to leave the Park of the Princes, what opens the door to his return to the Camp Nou.
This subject has tackled it Josep Maria Bartomeu in an extensive interview conceded to the official means of the club. The president has explained the truth on it sucedido in several weeks of intense negotiations, marked by numerous altibajos, surprises and speculations related with the conversations between the Barcelona and the 'bleus'. This is the official version on the case of the Brazilian.
In first instance, the maximum mandator barcelonista has valued the subject in bold strokes: "there is a moment in which yes it exists the 'case Neymar'. In a moment of the summer goes out an extra, know that Neymar can go of the PSG, and Leonardo opens the doors to negotiate. It has evidence that me other clubs also negotiated and the Barça was one of them. But it did not arrive to good port because the requirements and demands could not assume".
"The initiative of fichar to Neymar is sportive, Abidal, Plans, Valverde and the people of 'scoutting' say me that if Neymar is in the market, would be well try it. We did not promise at all, but when we see that it is public that the PSG opens the doors to negotiate, the players speak, although no directly with me", has commented, before going in in work and deny one of the most controversial points in the operation of the ex of the Saints.
According to the leader, the managers culés never accessed to exchange footballers of the first team by the forward: "This summer have gone out a lot of players in the negotiations, but the Barça never has put players on the table, but the PSG has done it. In the negotiations, when they appear new demands of the PSG, say that it is inasumible, and decide to stop and not accepting his requirements".
"It is the PSG the one who asks money more players. They spoke that they went out players yielded with option of purchase next year. Without saying names, was 'you pay a money and the player yielded, next year pay it we'. But we see it inasumible, because the Barça does not offer players to the PSG", has concretised, warning that the decision of Ousmane Dembélé did not have to see since the Frenchman pretends to triumph in the City Condal.
"The Barça has done all the possible so that it avenges Neymar this summer"
The Catalan has justified reason Neymar was an interesting bet, has underlined that there were not pressures added in his incorporation and has recalcado that had the approval of the own crack: "The Barça has done all the possible so that it avenges Neymar this summer. Also it has been Òscar Grau, Javier Embroider, Eric Abidal, Ramon Plans... All have worked in this. There are people that says me that we have done all this so that the press had news in summer".
"Neymar, has evidence that us said to the PSG that only negotiated with the Barça. It did what had to do, but at the end have decided he and the PSG be still in Paris. It wished to go out, but this year it will play in the PSG. There have been partners disappointed, other happy. It was not an easy signing from the social point of view. Sure that there will be players of the first staff that will have remained disappointed also", has revealed, confirming the news that spoke of some internal help of the attacker.
Bartomeu also has been conclusive with regard to other two relative appearances to the case Neymar, and has warned that the stars of the changing room are not those that decide on who arrives and who does not arrive to the Camp Nou. "Messi has not asked me to Neymar. It exists the legend that the players command. Neymar Was an opportunity of market, an extra, but was a sportive decision. The sportive area says that if it is in the market, try it", has cleared.
"The decision pleases to some partners and to others, no. To me when they explained me the sportive project and that Neymar was an important figure of the sportive project, bet by that Neymar came. Because we wanted a competitive project. Besides that a player go back would have been a history enriquecedora for the Barça", has argued, moving away the comments that aimed to that this strategy left in bad place to the club, that litigated for recovering to a footballer that decided to leave by his individual interests.
Finally, it has defended that so much vaivén in the negotiations is normal, and that answers to the throw and slackens usual between two entities that have distinct priorities: "The negotiations go as they go and the requests or demands. Sometimes you arrive to an agreement and do you an extra demand afterwards. What can not do is to explain the details of a long negotiation because it would do a bad favour to the PSG. But they happen a lot of things, no in this, in all the players. Until no this signed, all what speaks can change ".
Bartomeu does not clear if the Barça will go back to by Neymar
When it has been questioned by the next attempt by Neymar, Bartomeu has not wanted to 'wet', and has signalled that this is a signing that will have to analyse more advance. "For the moment it is descartado, when in January or February speak of the season that comes, will value. But it will depend on if the PSG follows with the same posture. It is truth that is difficult fichar to a player of the PSG, but is the same that the Barça, that does not want to sell to his good players".
"It is normal, the European clubs have understood that the success does not come for selling more expensive or cheap, but for having a competitive team", has reflexionado, before puntualizar that is true that there were other clubs competing by the tip, but that in spite of all the maximum priority of the youngster was to go back to the FC Barcelona: "The Real Madrid? There was more than three clubs trying fichar to Neymar, but Neymar said many times to the PSG that if it had to go was to the Barça".