Neymar stars as PSG beat Toulouse

Posted August 23, 2017

Barcelona has reacted bitterly to his move, first refusing to pay his father (who doubles as his agent) a €25 million (£23 million/$30 million) fee for brokering his original contract extension, then delaying his PSG debut by failing to send his global transfer certificate promptly.

Barcelona has announced it is taking legal action against Neymar after alleging that the Brazilian failed to fulfil his contract.

The statement continued: "The club also requests Paris St-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player can not do so himself".

The amount is €8.5m in damages, plus an additional 10% in interest.

Neymar appeared to commit his long-term future to the Nou Camp club in October 2016 by putting pen to paper on a five-year deal until 2021.

"There were three conditions - one, that the player didn't negotiate with another club before July 31; two, that he publicly expressed his decision to fulfil his contract; and three, the payment was to be made on September 1 to ensure he didn't go to another club", Vives said.

"Neymar is now history and he wanted to go".

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The 25 year old left the Catalans this summers in a stunning 222 million euros move to the French capital.

FC Barcelona has started these proceedings to protect its interests following Neymar's contract termination just months after he signed a contract extension until 2021. But with them [the board], no.

"I spent four years there and I was very happy". I spent four attractive years there and I parted happy. But not with them.

In a quote published by Football Espana he had this to say..."When I arrived, everything started well but then... at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn't be there".

"I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete". "Barca deserve much better and everyone knows this", Neymar said.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.