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Neymar extend Barca stay, signs 5-year contract


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Neymar has committed his future to Barcelona by signing a five-year contract extension at the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian superstar will remain with the Catalan side until 2021 under the terms of his new deal, with Barca inserting some eye-watering buy-out clauses into the contract. Any clubs wishing to purchase the 24-year-old must stump up £167million euros for the first year of the new contract, £185m for the second and £210m for the remaining three.

The news ends speculation linking Neymar with a move to Manchester United, while Paris Saint-Germain are also known to have been potential suitors for the man who scored 31 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions last season. A statement on Barcelona’s official website read: ‘FC Barcelona and the player Neymar Jr. have signed a contract extension for the footballer which will keep him at the Club for the next five seasons, until 30 June 2021.

“On 15 July in Barcelona, before the player joins up with the Brazilian national side for the Olympic Games, the agreement will be presented formally.” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes that Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano will follow Neymar in pledging their future to the club.

“We need to renew (the contract of) Messi and also (Javier) Mascherano, as well as lots of other players that we want to stay because they deserve it,” he said during a marathon press conference on Thursday, which lasted almost four hours.
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