Neymar has been officially unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player after completing his world-record €222 million move to the French capital from Barcelona.
After PSG and the player’s representatives pushed through the deal late on Thursday, the Brazil forward arrived at the Parc des Princes on Friday lunchtime to give his first press conference as a PSG player.
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Motives: “Those people that think I have come here for money don’t know anything about me or my life. I have never been motivated by money. The first thing I think about is my happiness and the happiness of my family,” Neymar said.
Debut: “Playing football is what I enjoy most in life and if I can play tomorrow [against Amiens at the Parc des Princes] I want to.”
Piqué: “He stays”: “That was a joke on a day off when we got together for lunch. I asked him not to put it up [on social media] because I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, I still hadn’t decided. Piqué is a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best.”
Transfer: “This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life because I was comfortable in Barcelona, because Barça is a great team and because of the friendships I had with fantastic players. I am very happy to have made many friends there. I want to thank all the players at Barcelona for their affection, they really took me under their wing when I arrived from Brazil. I spent a very happy four years there. At Barça I also had challenges but I wanted new ones. I spoke to the Brazilian players at PSG, who are also friends, and they were excited about me coming here; I already feel at home.”
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MSN: “Protagonism? That had absolutely no influence at all. My desire to come to PSG is for a new challenge, to try something different. It isn’t because I didn’t feel comfortable at Barça. I came here because of the ambition this club has, which is in line with mine. I wanted to look for something bigger, new challenges. My heart told me to come.”