Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 26 May 2016

Home Sport Football European

Neymar rejects Real Madrid to join Barcelona for £21m

By Ed Aarons

Published 27/05/2013

Neymar made his farewell appearance in the Brazilian league on Sunday night
Neymar made his farewell appearance in the Brazilian league on Sunday night

Barcelona have agreed to buy Brazil striker Neymar from Santos on a five-year deal.


The 21-year-old is expected to sign his contract on Monday after making his farewell appearance in the Brazilian league on Sunday night. Neymar has been courted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid since 2011, with both Spanish clubs believed to have had bids of around £21.3 million accepted.

Neymar used his Instagram account on Saturday night to confirm he will be heading to the Nou Camp.

"I'm here with friends and family and they have helped me to write a few things," he said.

"I'm not going to hold out until Monday. My family and friends already know my decision. On Monday I will sign a contract with Barcelona."

Neymar's current deal with Santos was due to expire after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Chelsea and Manchester City were both thought to have been interested in signing him.

Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao's proposed £51m transfer to Monaco from Atletico Madrid could also be completed today. Reports from Spain suggested that the Colombian would fly to the south of France for his medical and then link up with his former Porto team-mates Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, who joined the newly promoted club on Friday for a combined fee of around £60m.

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

From the web

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph