The president of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced that a possible signing of Neymar is ruled out for this season, after the failure of the summer negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain. "At the moment Neymar is ruled out. When in January-February we will talk about next season, because we will talk about this issue again," he said during an interview with Barça TV.
"Neymar did everything possible (to sign for Barcelona) because it is what he wanted. I think he has another strategy at this moment, another project and this year he will play in the PSG," added the Barca leader.
"Barça had planned a template, but there was an extra (the opportunity to sign Neymar) that was not planned. At the moment when its director (Leonardo de Araújo) opens the door we went to negotiate," Bartomeu summed up.
"In the club it was an illusion that Neymar joined. Barça has not put players on the table, they are players who put the PSG. But during the negotiations, when new demands of the PSG appear, we say they are unassuming and stop the conversations" , has added.
On the continuity of Leo Messi, Bartomeu was resounding. "Like the cases of Xavi, Iniesta or Puyol, Messi must also have the freedom to decide his future and when he wants to stop playing football. We want him to reach 2021 and beyond. As president I am very calm," he settled.
"Decide their future"
The Argentine '10', which in 2017 signed a contract extension until 2021, has the option to terminate the agreement every June 30. "It's a personal decision of his, to leave football, to go play wherever he wants. This clause had other players as well. They have to have the freedom, because they have won it, to decide their future and when they want stop playing football, "said the president.
Finally, Bartomeu admitted that they are "talking" with Carles Puyol to occupy a place in the organization chart of the club, because "it is no secret" that there are good relations between the current board and the former captain. "He has very clear the concept of football and the organizational. It is an important figure. It is not an emergency, but it is necessary that the position of the general manager is covered," he said about it.
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