PSG's Neymar to contest Barcelona lawsuit over world-record move

August 23, 2017
Source: BBC
PSG's Neymar to contest Barcelona lawsuit over world-record move

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar will contest the legal action brought against him by former club Barcelona.

Barcelona want a 8.5m euros (£7.8m) renewal bonus Neymar received for signing a five-year deal - just nine months before his move - returned.

The Brazil international made a record 222m euro (£200m) move to PSG in August after buying out his contract.

"The player's formal defence will be filed in due course," read a statement from the 25-year-old and his lawyers.

Neymar also seemed to suggest Barcelona owe him money following his Nou Camp exit, rather than the other way round.

His statement added: "Regarding the bonuses owed for the execution of the contract of 2016, it is also necessary to inform that the player has already initiated the formal procedures of collection before the competent courts."

On Tuesday, Barcelona had demanded the return of the "already paid" renewal bonus, plus an additional 10% for delayed payment. "The club demands the player return the already paid sum as he has not completed his contract," it said.