I Joined PSG For A New Challenge – Neymar
Neymar has been unveiled by new club Paris Saint-Germain following his world-record £198 million move, saying he wanted a ‘new challenge’.
The Brazil striker has swapped Barcelona for Paris in a record-smashing deal – he cost over £100m more than the previous most expensive transfer – and has signed a £500,000-a-week, five-year contract.
Neymar said he had not been sure over his future for a long time but had been convinced to move by the other Brazilian players at PSG. He also said he had not moved in order to be the biggest star at the club, although he did not give an exact reason for wanting to leave Barcelona.
At a press conference held on Friday, Neymar said: ‘The club has a very similar ambition to mine, I want a bigger challenge. My heart made this decision, that is why I am in front of you today to help this team.
“Being a star did not impact my decision, it is down to me wanting to find a new challenge. I am looking for something new. This is what PSG want, and they deserve it. I leave a lot of very good friends behind, but that’s football.
“You make friends wherever you go, and that’s the main thing. It was the right time to leave and look for something different. Being the most expensive player is not a burden, I am happy. I spoke with Brazilian players here at PSG, and they were happy for me to be here. I feel like I am at home already.”
Neymar was unveiled in a lunchtime press conference in Paris, later taking to the pitch to show off his ball skills while wearing a PSG home shirt. Earlier he had been greeted on the La Bourget airport tarmac by recently-retired PSG left back and Brazil international Maxwell, now an ambassador for the club, after flying in from Spain.
He further said PSG had paid his release clause, after rumours Neymar had paid it himself. “From day one, we are on a good relationship with UEFA and Financial Fair Play. Anyone thinking about FFP, I say go and have coffee, we are fine.
“What we care only is that we have worked very transparently with UEFA, otherwise people can say what they want.” PSG shirts with Neymar’s name on the back went officially on sale on Friday, with fans queuing down the Champs Elysees to buy them from the club shop.