Staying Put

It looks like Neymar is going nowhere: New Barca deal will see his buyout clause reach €250m

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were reportedly keen to sign the Barcelona attacker.

NEYMAR HAS COMMITTED his future to La Liga champions Barcelona by signing a new deal until 2021, ending speculation about his future.

The Brazil captain has been a huge success since moving to Camp Nou from Santos ahead of the 2013-14 season, and netted 31 goals as Barca completed a Liga and Copa del Rey double last season.

There had been increasing speculation during the close-season that the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were all willing to meet Neymar’s release clause and prise away one of Barca’s key assets.

However, Barca always maintained that Neymar was going nowhere and the Catalan giants confirmed today he has penned a contract extension.

“Barcelona and Neymar have signed a contract extension for the footballer which will keep him at the club for the next five seasons, until 30 June, 2021,” a statement on the club’s website read.

“The player’s buyout clause has been fixed at €200m for the first year of his contract, €222m for the second and €250m for the remaining three years.”

Since moving to Barca, Neymar has formed a devastating triumvirate with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, with the trio dubbed ‘MSN’.

Neymar helped Barca to a Liga, Copa and Champions League treble in 2014-15, but faced criticism at times last term over a perceived dip in form.

However, he remains an integral part of Barca’s devastating attack and news of his fresh deal is a huge boost to Luis Enrique’s squad.

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