Neymar says he is 'happy' at Barcelona despite speculation he could join PSG for a world-record fee this summer

The Brazilian forward has said he is happy at Barcelona and looking forward to the new season

Wednesday 19 July 2017 08:46 BST
Neymar is rumoured to be interested in a move to PSG
Neymar is rumoured to be interested in a move to PSG

Neymar has insisted that he is “happy” at Barcelona despite rumours PSG are set to make him the most expensive footballer in the world.

Earlier this week, a story broke in the Italian media claiming that PSG’s Qatari owners were willing to activate Neymar’s £195m release clause.

The story went on to state that Neymar would be offered a wage in the region of £25m-per-year to play in the French capital.

But the Brazilian forward claimed in an interview recently that he was happy at the Camp Nou and was looking forward to the beginning of the new La Liga season.

“The last one was my best season in Barcelona. I am very adapted to the city, the club and I am happy here. That is reflected on the performance of an athlete,” Neymar said in an interview with Goal last week.

“It was the season where I felt more comfortable, even though we did not win the titles we would have wanted.

“We played great games and lived incredible moments. Now, we need to work for the 2017-18 season so it will be even more positive individually and as a group.”

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Barcelona are equally relaxed over the rumours, with their spokesman Josep Vives claiming that there was no chance of the Brazilian quitting the club.

“Selling Neymar is not something the club would think about,” Vives said at a press conference. “We are very calm.

“He is one of the most important players we have, we will not consider any offers we receive for him.”

Vives also firmly denied that Neymar had grown unhappy at the club, despite rumours that he has grown unhappy at always playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi.

“He is still happy here,” he added. “Playing as he did last year, he showed that he is still getting better.

“He is fantastic and is happy with the club and we are delighted with him.”

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