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Barcelona is still defending its stance on Neymar’s transfer issue. The esteemed Spanish soccer club has recently released its statement again in defense of their actions regarding transfer of the Brazilian star.
In a recent press conference, the club was asked by the Spanish media about allegations regarding unpaid tax issues pertinent to signing of the young Brazilian player, who shifted from Santos to Nou Camp last June.
Barca’s statement read- “Regarding reports presented in today’s media conference about the transfer procedure taken to bring in Neymar Santos Jr. to Club, Barcelona would proceed to state: i) Club’s deals regarding this very operation & in the light of every data available, was always in accordance to pertinent legal legislation. ii) Represented by the lawyers, Barcelona would appear at Central Jutjat d’Instruccio # 5 within a few days to defend the Club’s interests & rights. Iii) We express complete willingness to cooperate with Justice authorities regarding the matter, as the Club has done from the very first ever moment this issue came up & in all other areas where our presence might be required.”
The reputed Spanish football club which hosts soccer stalwarts like Messi, have got themselves entangled in disputes concerning finances behind the Brazilian star’s move to Nou Camp. In January 2014, Rosell (Sandro) offered resignation from his post of Barca President when Pablo Ruz, the national court justice of Span, accepted the lawsuit which alleged the club chief of misappropriate fund transfers- from the deal of the Brazilian international. The 49-year-old boss of one of the most eminent soccer clubs of the world did not accept the allegation and denounced it as “unfair & reckless.”
Jordi Cases, Barcelona club member, alleged saying that the fee paid was over 57 m Euros.
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Neymar’s arrival to Barcelona came with a price tag of £48.6m and his arrival to the Catalan team was meant to make a partnership with Lionel Messi that can continue allowing them dominate Spain and make a charge for the Champions League title.
The Argentinean Lionel Messi is currently suffering from an injury that keep him out of the pitch for the rest of the year and Neymar had to prove he is worth the substantial amount of money that Barcelona offloaded in order to sign him from Santos.
Barcelona had to play against Athletic Bilbao without their star player Messi but it was the perfect chance for their newest arrival Neymar to step it up and show that the club made a right decision in signing him and that they aren’t dependent on Messi but unfortunately for the Brazilian player and Barcelona, a below average performance from the team of Tata Martino saw them losing 1-0.
Clouds of doubt and uncertainty began to emerge as players, fans and supporters began to question the move of Neymar to Barcelona as his performance was not at the same level as initially expected for someone that cost £48.6m.
His next performance with Barcelona was scheduled to be against Celtic for the Champions League and this time around he truly made it a match to remember by scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist for his teammate as the Catalan team finished the encounter winning with a comfortable 6-1 result.
Even though this certainly is not the ultimate test of his capabilities, it does show that the Brazilian has talent and is able of running the attacking department of Barcelona. With his huge price tag and salary there still is much more things that Neymar has to do in order to live up to the expectations which has been created but so far, it’s a great start for him now let’s see if he can keep the momentum going.
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Brazilian national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has started a war of words with Chelsea manager José Mourinho by saying that he feels Neymar is one of the best in the world. Mourinho started his mind games with Barcelona even at this stage itself. Neymar was recently found to have simulated in the 1-0 win over Celtic to get one of the opposition players sent off. Mourinho criticised this action of the Brazilian by saying that it was unwarranted. Scolari, though, is surprised that Mourinho has come out with this statement when it was totally unnecessary.
The former Chelsea manager thinks that it is because the Portuguese is beginning to start the mind games with the knowledge that Barcelona could come up against his team in the latter stages of the Champions league. At that time, he would have an advantage over Gerardo Martino. Neymar has been a successful signing from Barcelona so far. Even though he cost the club in excess of £ 50 million, he has been able to play at a consistently high level since the start of the season.
“Maybe he [Mourinho] knows that Neymar is now at the same level as Cristiano and Messi and can really hurt his team. The players know they will have to win the World Cup. If we are not good enough we will lose but if we work hard, as we have been doing in the last months, I can see us challenging for the title,” said Scolari, who was in charge of Chelsea only for a few months before being sacked due to poor results.
His presence has also helped Barcelona overcome the lack of Lionel Messi for much of the season. Neymar already wrote his name by scoring in his El Clasico debut. The Brazilian has five goals and nine assists this season.
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