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Sources: Barca put off by €100m Lautaro price tag


Neymar Sr. wants to end doubts over son's Barcelona future

Neymar wants to stay at Barcelona and end any doubts there might be over his future with the club, said his father, Neymar Sr.

The Brazilian striker is currently tied to the Catalan club until June 2018, and the club have expressed confidence in further extending and increasing Neymar's deal in the near future, with the 23-year-old's recent legal trouble halting any immediate movement on a new accord.

"I want to talk with Barcelona because all the time people are talking about the 'Neymar Case here' or the 'Neymar case there,' and that means there's an instability over what to do," Neymar Sr. told Spanish daily Sport. "We are acting correctly. For us, it's clear what we have done in Barcelona, but there's still a discussion to be had about it all.

"We are happy. Neymar chose to play here and he is super happy in Barcelona. You can see that. We know that Barcelona is different: It's not just about winning, but convincing and playing well. That's where you find the greatness of this club."

The 23-year-old, who leads the Spanish Primera Division in goals scored this season, has been the subject of transfer rumours surrounding a move away from the Camp Nou. On Sunday, Neymar dismissed that possibility following his four-goal performance in Saturday's 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.

"The renewal is under way. I still have years left on my contract. I'm going to sign. The fans can relax," Neymar told Sport. "Yes, [the Vallecano match] was an historic night which I am going to savour for all my life. I want to congratulate the team for producing a great performance."

Last season's Champions League joint top scorer has been embroiled in a number of entanglements surrounding his big-money move from Santos to the Blaugrana in the summer of 2013.

On Wednesday, reports surfaced that the Sao Paulo club have asked FIFA to suspend their former star up to six months for an alleged breach of contract regarding the transfer two years ago.

Last month, a Brazilian court froze assets of Neymar, his family and related businesses valued at 188.8 million Brazilian reals ($48 million, €42 million) after alleging he evaded 63 million reals in Brazil taxes (almost $16m or €14m) between 2011 and 2013.

Neymar Sr. said he has maintained a good relationship with the Barcelona board of directors.

"Thankfully it's always been good and transparent. We have also been very transparent. I'm a very careful person. I prefer to keep all documents so that we can't be affected. Imagine if I hadn't kept the document Santos gave us giving us assurances that we could plan for the future. What situation would we be in now? I would have to prove that everything I am saying is the truth. I was a cautious person because I knew that I was leading the career of a player like Neymar."

He said the club are aware of the Santos situation.

"They are also pissed off. It's all out of place," Neymar Sr. said. "[Santos] have acted without intelligence, it's as if the owners of the club have mental diarrhea. Two years have passed since my son came to Barcelona and now they're questioning a transaction made by FIFA. Who had the federative rights? Santos. And now? Barcelona. It's as simple as that."

Neymar Sr. blamed detractors in Brazil for trying to destablise his family.

"No one investigated us until we arrived in Barcelona. It's all motivated by complaints from third parties, who are looking for their 'rights', 'rights' which I do not know what they are on about. All the investigations against us started in the same way: 'Based on information published in the media, we have come to investigate...'"

Neymar Sr. said he is preparing for the negotiation of a new contract.

'We have three years left on the current deal," he said. "We, the family, are suffering from huge insecurity [to do with taxes and the legal proceedings], so that affects how we plan his career. We need these matters to be over.

"How can we extend something if we don't have tax stability? What is it that is happening? Spain has to tell me if my companies can work with Neymar Jr; they have to define what their position is.

"We are seeing various players suffering from tax sanctions. Why am I going to anticipate a renewal if I don't have certainty that we won't be supported in what we are working for? I intend to wait, stay calm and do the best for Neymar.

"We have to be ready. One cannot be playing football for so long and later be surprise by a trial or an investigation. For that reason, so that we can be calm we want to know what we can do, how we can pay taxes in Spain. There are all these problems with N&N Consulting that need to be resolved. We are giving everything for things to be clarified."

Barcelona return to Champions League action on Tuesday versus BATE Borisov and face Eibar on Saturday in their next Primera Division match.


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