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Neymar played 'cat-and-mouse' with Barcelona

Neymar played "cat-and-mouse" with Barcelona during the close-season before his move to Paris St Germain, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has said.

PSG paid 222 million euros (196.14 million pounds) to trigger the buyout clause in the Brazil forward's Barcelona contract last August, making him the most expensive signing in soccer history.

Barcelona had believed Neymar was going to stay at the club, with Mestre stating he was 200 percent sure the Brazilian would be at the Nou Camp this season.

Neymar and his representatives did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Neymar renewed his deal with Barcelona in July 2016, which meant he was owed a 26-million-euros renewal bonus.

Barcelona did not pay it and deposited the money with a notary. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, are investigating an official complaint from the forward regarding the matter.

Mestre said Neymar's behaviour caused inflation in the transfer market.








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