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Neymar pens emotional farewell to Barcelona fans via Instagram Neymar paid tribute to former team-mate Lionel Messi
Theresa Hayes | 05 August, 2017, 01:47

I am here to help the team to win as many titles as possible.

Neymar is eligible to play in PSG's season opener against Amiens on Saturday at Parc des Princes and said he was available for coach Unai Emery.

'I leave a lot of very good friends behind, but that's football.

Barca deposited the money with a notary as they waited to see whether his move to Paris Saint-Germain would go through.

After saying goodbye to his Barca teammates, the 25-year-old travelled to Porto - where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently - by private jet from Barcelona to complete his medical. I wanted something bigger.

Neymar's move was one that was never going to be sanctioned by Barcelona due to the vast value he brought to the club both in terms of sporting and commercial values but the player for various reasons which included him needing a new challenge was able to secure his move to PSG by the payment and activation of his release clause, (The veracity of where and how the money came is another matter entirely).

In four years at the Catalan club he won the Champions League once, the Spanish league twice, and the Spanish King's cup three times.

Al-Khelaifi also revealed that it was PSG, not Neymar himself, that paid the former Barcelona player's release clause.

The LFP issued a strongly worded statement hours after La Liga refused to accept a cheque presented by Neymar's advisors for 222 million euro ($260 million) to pay his buyout clause with Barcelona. I am sorry for people who think this way about me. At no point have I lacked respect towards them or the club. I want to thank Messi because he welcomed me so well and I learned so much from him in our four years together. They are not obliged to stay. I want us to be happy.

Lionel Messi had posted a heartfelt farewell message to Neymar this week, and the Brazil forward rejected the suggestions he wanted to leave to step out of Messi's shadow.

When asked why he made a decision to leave FC Barcelona for PSG, the Brazilian striker said: "I wanted something bigger".

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Despite being paid £515,000 a week after tax, Neymar denied the move was motivated by money after being unveiled by PSG on Friday morning.

"He wants to win a trophy, to write the history of this club".

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says Neymar did not join PSG for the money.

" I don't think it is expensive, I'm sure we are going to make more money". "If you are thinking about it", he said, "go have a coffee and don't worry about it".

Neymar signed for PSG until 2022 in a five-year deal and PSG chairman Al Khelaifi confirmed that the Brazilian has a release clause in his contract with the French club.

"I always want to play, so I am ready to do so tomorrow".


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