Former teammate Gerard Pique lifts lid on Neymar return talks with Barcelona

Former teammate Gerard Pique lifts lid on Neymar return talks with Barcelona

Neymar was on the verge or returning to Catalonia this summer, but eventually a deal failed to materialize.

Now Gerard Pique reveals his team-mates tried to help Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar return to Barcelona.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique revealed the team offered to change their salaries so Neymar could return to the La Liga champions.

Neymar attempted to engineer a return to Barca during the previous transfer window, just two years after his world-record €222 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. However, a deal did not materialise with PSG despite Barca’s efforts to bring the Brazil international star back to Camp Nou.

Pique said he and his team-mates tried to help Neymar return to the Spanish giants amid the constraints of Financial Fair Play, telling Cadena Ser program El Larguero: “We didn’t care about money.

“What we said to the president was whether we could change our contracts because we knew there was a Financial Fair Play issue, so we said to the president, rather than earn something in year one, we could earn it in year two or three or four.

“At the end of the day we want to go along with what the club is doing and if we can help the club, in this case avoiding a financial fair problem, we’ve got no problem in doing that. Rather than reducing our salary it was about finding a formula so that if the club wanted to sign Neymar they could. At the time they thought it was a good idea, but then other problems cropped up.”

Asked if Neymar could come back to the Blaugrana, Pique added: “In football anything can happen and every year just makes that clearer. We told him, ‘you’re going to a golden prison’. But in football things can happen and you find the door open.”

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