When the first ‘PSG for Neymar‘ rumours surfaced, Barcelona didn’t pay that much attention. Later, they thought it was just a… theoretical scenario. Next came the ‘in disbelief’ stage. Last, the… ‘it’s really happening’ part. What did they do wrong? Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barca’s president, gave an answer.
We believed them [Neymar, his father, the rest of his advisors] too much. When a player wants to leave he must be honest, as Alexis [Sanchez], Pedro or Cesc [Fabregas] did. We will not hurt a player that is not happy
Bartomeu told La2, talking about Barcelona’s ‘mistake’; putting too much trust in Neymar and those around him, believing that he would honour his recently-signed new contract, while in reality he ended up ditching the club.
Barca’s president was asked about Andres Iniesta as well, who is still to sign a new contract with the club.
He will decide how long he wants to stay. We want to him to stay with the club and have a special contract, because he deserves to decide when he wants to leave
Bartomeu said, leaving this totally up to Iniesta himself.
He is an inspiration for all and symbolises what we all want for the club. He is playing well and helping the team, and I think he is closer to telling us ‘yes’
the Barcelona president added.