Barca seeking 8.5m Euros from Neymar

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By 2017-08-24

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(AFP) Barcelona are seeking at least 8.5 million Euros ($10 million) in compensation from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record 222 million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain. The move comes after Barcelona refused to pay a separate 26 million-Euro bonus due to Neymar for signing a five-year contract renewal last year.

"In the lawsuit, the club demands the player return the already paid sum for his contract renewal as he has not completed his contract; 8.5 million Euros in damages; and an additional 10 per cent because of delayed payment," Barcelona said in a statement.

Neymar's family hit back on Tuesday in a statement released by the firm representing their interests. "This news was received with surprise given that the player fully respected the contract valid at the time," said NN Consultoria.

"As for the bonuses owed for the signature of the contract in 2016, stipulated in the contract and not paid by FC Barcelona... (Neymar) has already started formal proceedings to recover the money before the competent court."

Despite being under contract, Barcelona were powerless to stop Neymar's move to PSG earlier this month as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract.

Barca added the demand was lodged against Neymar on 11 August with Barcelona's employment court, eight days after his stunning move to Ligue 1.

The Catalan giants have also passed the claim onto FIFA and the French Football Federation via the Spanish Football Federation to take what they see as "the appropriate legal effects".

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