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Josep María Bartomeu, at a press conference
According to Bartomeu, the planning of the 2019/20 season was done “for a long time” and there was no place for Neymar. “An extractor came out when we learned that Neymar wanted to leave the PSG Y Leonardo [sports director] opened the door. There was a negotiation but it was not successful because Barça could not meet the demands of the PSG ”.
In his opinion, “Barça has done everything possible to sign Neymar” and Neymar also “did everything possible” to return: “There was a time when Neymar asked the PSG to negotiate only with Barça, because that is where he wanted to go ”
Bartomeu denies having offered players to the PSG in return. “The press has talked about many names but it was the PSG who asked for them, not Barça who put them on the table.” Also denies that Leo Messi I asked him to bring Neymar And he says that the idea of recovering Neymar was “a sports decision” by Eric Abidal and Ramón Planas with Ernesto Valverde: “The players are not part of the technical secretariat, despite the urban legend that they are those who rule. Sure they rule, but in the field and in the locker room. The club is managed differently. ”