Neymar’s lucrative wages and asking price may force him to see out his entire career at Paris Saint-Germain, says La Liga president Javier Tebas.
Despite strong interest from old club Barcelona and Real Madrid, Neymar remains a PSG player after Monday’s transfer deadline.
The French champions, who paid a world-record €222m to sign Neymar in 2017, understandably refused to entertain offers below what they paid. So, it set-up a big dilemma for both Barcelona and Real who had already spent lavishly this summer.
Both La Liga giants attempted to entice PSG into accepting player plus cash offers for their wantaway forward. However, the Parisians didn’t budge and effectively ended any hope Barcelona or Real may have had.
And now Tebas, who recently claimed La Liga only need Messi instead of Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar, reiterated his previous remarks by stating the Brazilian isn’t crucial for the Spanish league.
The 57-year-old then talked down the prospect of Neymar ever leaving PSG. Apparently, the only chance of it ever happening will be if he is willing to drop his salary demands.
Speaking at the Soccerex Europe congress in Lisbon, Tebas said: “It is always important to have good assets to increase [La Liga’s] value, but he is not essential.
“If Neymar comes, good. If Neymar doesn’t come, I don’t see it as essential, because we continue to grow.”
Tebas added: “The problem of not coming back now [to Barcelona] has to do with his own departure for PSG.
“It was an off-market transfer, it was only possible to happen with ‘traps’ to increase sponsorships.
“When you do it out of the market, it is impossible to sell again at this price. In view of the market, Neymar will retire at PSG unless he lowers his salary and also his PSG claims.”
Neymar is currently with the Brazil squad ahead of their two friendlies against Colombia on Saturday, and Peru next Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Ederson even revealed in a press conference that the 27-year-old is “happy” despite his failed summer move.