The Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’ published this afternoon (22) an article about Neymar’s last days at Barcelona before being transferred to Paris Saint-Germain. The documents show that the club did everything for the Brazilian not to leave the team.
According to the publication of the vehicle, the board of Barça organized a crisis cabinet to convince the player to stay in the Catalan team. The person responsible for the conversations with Ney and his father was Raúl Sanllehí, football director at the time.
“I have been with this man for hours and I think I know him well enough to know when he is bluffing and when he is telling the truth. In this case I am absolutely convinced, he showed me, that he was on our side,” said the Barcelona executive. . And completed:
“I told everyone separately that the problem in this case was the player’s head. The boy is in bad shape, he has a lot of personal problems, he is very confused and very vulnerable. So he mistakenly thought that by running away from Barcelona he would also be running away from his problems. [quando na verdade o que ele deveria fazer é enfrentá-los e não ir embora]. I spoke to him directly, several times, I made him cry more than once, and he admitted to me on more than one occasion that he was lost.”
Sanllehi explained that the player’s father was furious with Barcelona for having leaked the player’s signing bonus, which was 64.4 million euros, and that Barça had paralyzed him.
“I don’t trust you, you cheated on me several times,” he said, demanding immediate payment of the said prize, something that Barcelona did not do, and that was when Neymar left the club.