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Barcelona sue Neymar for at least 8.5 million euros - club

Barcelona are seeking at least 8.5 million euros ($10 million) from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record 222-million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.

football Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:43 IST
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Neymar recently went from La Liga giants Barcelona to French club Paris Saint-Germain.(AP)

Barcelona are suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros for alleged breach of contract and demanding he return the loyalty bonus paid after he renewed his deal in October, less than a year before he signed for Paris St. Germain, the club said on Tuesday.

The Catalans are asking for an additional 10 per cent payment due to a delay in the europir demands being met, after presenting the Brazilian striker with them on August 11.

“Barcelona have taken these actions in defence of their interests, after Neymar’s contract was rescinded just a few months after he signed on until 2021,” a club statement said.

Earlier, Paris Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.

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The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

“I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.

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“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.

“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.

“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.”

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 20:37 IST