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Neymar ends exit talk by penning new Barca deal until 2021

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 1 Jul 2016

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Neymar has committed his future to La Liga champions Barcelona by signing a new deal until 2021.

The Brazil captain has been a huge success since moving to Camp Nou from Santos ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, and netted 31 goals as Barca completed a Liga and Copa del Rey double last season.

There had been increasing speculation during the close-season that the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were all willing to meet Neymar’s release clause and prize away one of Barca’s key assets.

However, Barca always maintained that Neymar was going nowhere and the Catalan giants confirmed on Friday he has penned a contract extension.

The Brazilian’s buy-out clause has been set at €200million for the first year of his contract, rising to €222m for the second and €250m for the final three years.

Since moving to Barca, Neymar has formed a devastating triumvirate with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, with the trio dubbed ‘MSN’.

Neymar helped Barca to a Liga, Copa and Champions League treble in 2014-15, but faced criticism at times last term over a perceived dip in form despite being shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

However, he remains an integral part of Barca’s devastating attack and news of his fresh deal is a huge boost to Luis Enrique’s squad.

The Brazil captain’s lawyer, Marcos Motta, claimed via Twitter on Thursday that the agreement was “the biggest contract in the history of football”.

Barca representative Andre Cury called the comment “idiotic” in a subsequent interview, with Motta later attempting to clarify his comments on social media, stating: “Just replace ‘biggest’ with ‘best’ and everything is OK!”

Regardless of the finer details, with his contract situation secure, Neymar can now focus on aiding Brazil’s push for a first Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 later this year.

 

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