Bartomeu: Neymar fee was accurate
Barcelona offered a rare peek into the obscure world of football contracts on Friday when they revealed details of the controversial deal that brought Brazil striker Neymar to the Spanish champions.
Barcelona gave a painstaking explanation of the transfer a day after former president Sandro Rosell resigned after a Spanish judge had agreed to hear a lawsuit alleging he had hidden the real cost of the deal in false contracts.
New president Josep Bartomeu said that Neymar's father, Neymar Silva Santos, had freed the club of confidentiality agreements in the contracts, allowing Barcelona to clarify the blockbuster move that has cost Rosell his job and sparked an institutional crisis.
Bartomeu insisted Neymar's transfer cost 57 million euros ($78 million) while revealing that his salary was 56.7 million euros over five years.
Saying he hoped to quell any doubts of Barcelona members and fans, Bartomeu promised he would not back down, even if he was included in any future allegations in the lawsuit against Rosell filed by Barca socio Jordi Cases.
"We have done everything within all legal bounds, with everything looked over by many professionals, and we have no doubt everything was done correctly," Bartomeu told reporters Friday. "If Mr. Cases widens his lawsuit to include us, we have no plans to step down at all. If the judge accuses us, which will be difficult, we will also not step down.
"This institution will continue to be led by this board of directors, with me at the helm, and we won’t take any steps backward. We will be here until 2016.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.