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Sergio Ramos on Neymar leaving Barcelona for PSG

04 Agosto 2017
Sergio Ramos on Neymar leaving Barcelona for PSG

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However, the La Liga giants have been forced to alter their plans massively in recent weeks - firstly because PSG refused to negotiate the departure of Verratti and later after it emerged that the Ligue 1 side are set to trigger Neymar's €222m (£198.6m, $260.7m) release clause to lure him away from the Nou Camp. "I hope [he leaves]".

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde, who succeeded Luis Enrique this summer, says he is keen to keep hold of in-demand Neymar.

"I try to talk about what is happening right now", he told reporters. Star striker Lionel Messi, midfielder Ivan Rakitic and defender Gerard Pique scored for Barca while Spanish footballers Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio did so for Los Blancos in the Saturday night battle, reports Efe. "I think he is a great player and a key man for Barcelona, it's up to him to decide his future".

Meanwhile, Spain's football league chief Javier Tebas lashed out at the French club and said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against PSG over their pursuit of Neymar.

He continued: "'I hope [Neymar signing for PSG] happens, but I don't have anything to do with his decision", Alves continued. He's one of my best friends and I'll always want him by my side, but I can not interfere.